San Diego boosts charging stations for electric vehicles – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2017

It’s getting increasingly easier to find a place to recharge an electric vehicle in this county, with hundreds of sites where people can power up their cars and trucks.

Officials announced Wednesday that the city of San Diego, for its part, has now built 68 charging ports at 15 locations — including nine spots that were established since 2014 thanks to a $500,000 grant from the California Energy Commission. 

“We hope that by locating charging stations in popular destinations, it’s easier and more convenient to use electric vehicles as well as encourage more people to purchase electric vehicles,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in a statement. “You can enjoy staying at a park, beach or library a little longer knowing you can charge your car there.”

To date, the energy commission has awarded nearly $65 million to pay for more than 7,800 electric vehicle charging stations. The state expects to dole out an additional $17 million for electric charging infrastructure through the next fiscal year. 

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