SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco International Airport has received a $500,000 grant to install its first-ever high-speed electric vehicle charging stations.

SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said the airport already has about 100 parking structure spaces with access to electric vehicle chargers. But those are the traditional 120-volt variety, where as the new ones will be 480-volts, and will be located in the Cell Phone Lot.

“Really what this allows is electric vehicle users can fully charge their vehicle in about 30 minutes from one of these charging stations,” said Yakel.

Janea Scott is with the California Energy Commission, which awarded the grant to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for SFO to acquire the four stations.

“A critical piece of accelerating the market growth and acceptance of the plug-in electric vehicles among consumers will be the access to a convenient and reliable network of charging infrastructure,” Scott said.

Bob Hayden with the San Francisco Department of the Environment said it’s part of a much broader effort “to move away from petroleum fuel for transportation, to clean the air and to meet the city’s climate protection goals.”

SFO announced its Clean Vehicle Policy in 2000, outlining a goal to achieve 100 percent clean air vehicles in specific fleets through regulations and a program of incentives that encourages operators to purchase clean air vehicles such as vans, taxis and hotel courtesy shuttles. To date, nearly 5,000 clean air vehicles operate at SFO.