Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino recently unveiled three, new public charging stations located within parking spaces in front of City Hall Plaza as part of a program being called EVboston. The charging stations will be studied for a year to test durability and usage.
The EVboston program includes some more bureaucratic goals, such as setting up an advisory council comprised of professionals from the manufacturing industry and parking facility owners, soliciting proposals from potential investors in a city-wide electric vehicle plan this fall, and partnering with similar councils in New York and Philadelphia to decide the best courses of action.
There are a few public-facing projects in the EVboston program as well, such as testing a new Plug-In Prius – Toyota’s new plug-in-hybrid expected in 2012 – as a potential city fleet vehicle, a vendor fair, which has already been held, and even a free, outdoor screening of the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” in June.
While the initiatives may prove to be valuable and entertaining, San Francisco may still have bragging rights for being the most electric car friendly city, as it recently announced that city-owned public charging stations will be free to use through the year 2013.