EV Charging Stations Free In San Francisco

San Francisco’s Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that the city will provide free electric vehicle charging at a variety of stations. The charging stations will be located at nineteen city-owned parking garages, the San Francisco International Airport, and potentially at local libraries.

The first of the units will start to be installed in June of this year, with a total of eighty stations planned for completion before 2012. As we reported earlier this year, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District approved $3.9 million in contracts to infrastructure companies like Coulomb Technologies, and the San Francisco-based Ecotality.

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According to the city, many of the stations being installed will feature both Level 1 (120 volt) and Level 2 (240 volt) charging that are powered by carbon-free energy from San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The new¬†initiative will help San Francisco reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gases 20% below the 1990 levels. Let’s hope the idea catches on.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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