(KTSF by Jessie Liang)
The City of San Francisco is going to install more than 80 charging stations citywide by the end of the year and offer free electric vehicle (EV) charging at all City-owned charging stations. They will be located on publicly accessible City properties through 2013 in order to build the local market for zero emission electric vehicles. The charging stations will be located at 19 City-owned garages, San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and at other locations currently under review, including a number of neighborhood branch libraries. The first of these charging stations was installed in June 2011.
Transportation program manager for the City’s Department on the Environment Bob Hayden says, “Here in the City, we’re doing everything we can to make it. So it’s very easy for people to think about buying an electric car. We want to help to encourage people to switch with the gasoline moving to zero emission electric cars.”
San Francisco has also partnered with Chrysler Group LLC and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to test a fleet of 14 plug-in electric Ram 1500 pickup trucks as part of a three-year demonstration project. The test drive is going to evaluate city drive cycles, charging performances, fuel economy and real-world performance.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says, “Because we declared some two years ago, in cooperation with all nine counties in the Bay Area, we want to be the EV capital of the world. And we’re doing all the things necessary to make sure we are the capital.”
Many of the stations will offer both Level 1 (120 volt) and Level 2 (240 volt) charging in order to serve the widest range of vehicles, and will be powered by Hetch Hetchy’s carbon-free electricity. Spokesman for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Tyrone Jue says “Definitely clean energy. The same system that delivers our great Hetch Hetchy water also delivers clean hydropower to these charging stations. It’s the same power that powers all muni buses and all of our city facilities.”
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