SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Mayor Ed Lee has directed the city of San Francisco to provide free charges for electric vehicles at 19 city-owned garages and the San Francisco International Airport.

Lee said the new infrastructure will make it easier for people to charge their electric cars when they are away from in-home charging stations.

KCBS’ Melissa Culross Reports:

The first charging station will be installed in June, and more than 80 stations should be in place by year’s end. Many of the stations will offer both 120-volt and 240-volt charging.

Several other locations will house the stations, possibly including some neighborhood libraries.

Lee said the network will build the local market for electric vehicles and will help San Francisco meet its goal to reduce greenhouse gases 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

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Comments (3)
  1. john smith says:

    These aren’t like regular pumping stations where it only takes a few minutes to fill up the tank and you’re on your way. Imagine a charging station with 8 connections. Wouldn’t these 8 cars need at the least several hours of charging? What if you had a line of 100 vehicles in a city of 800,00 people.

  2. Larry says:

    Who is going to pay for this? Will it be from higher taxes or higher energy rates.
    We all know that there is , “No Free Lunch”.
    Another example of our city leaders acting clowns. They would do well in a circus!!!!

  3. Jimmy Vasquez says:

    My name is Jimmy and I am a freelance journalist (Twitter JGVasquez222). I saw this company on a gadget blog call Keencell.Apparently they makes these fast charge batteries for cell phones,portable games, power tools and electric vehicles that charges in about 5-15 minutes. I got curious and contacted them. Apparently, they are developing a product for residential fast charging of electric vehicles in under 30 minutes.Thought I’d share that with the community.

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