(KTSF by Jessie Liang)
San Francisco, CA – San Francisco announced the installation of 26 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in City owned parking facilities. The City now has a total of 49 stations for public use in 14 different locations including San Francisco International Airport and Treasure Island . This makes San Francisco the city with the mostcharging stations in California.
Charging stations are powered by Hetch Hetchy hydro electricity and Mayor Ed Lee says, “It generates the cleanest energy and that’s not only our present use for our EV charging stations, I believe it will also be considered to be a great part of our future for electric charging.”
By the end of 2012, the City is going to install an additional 33 charging stations around City-owned parking facilities, Civic Center Plaza, the SF Zoo and more. Those charging stations are free for the public through 2013.
Assemblymember Fiona Ma says, “As gas prices rise, I think the pressure is to try to figure out how to get people around economically.”
Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 631 into law which allows EV infrastructure and services to be developed in a free market without California Public Utilities Commission’s regulation. The law has helped accelerate the installation of EV infrastructure throughout California which now is the state with the highest number of EV charging stations in the United States.
Each charging unit is also monitored for energy usage, fuel savings and greenhouse gas reductions. Mayor Lee adds that we’re using 100% clean energy to power EV charging stations that can help to improve air quality and create green jobs as well.
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