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EV Quick-Charge Station Opens at Stanford Mall

High-speed charger can boost a battery in 30 minutes.

Drivers of electric vehicles have another place to charge up in Palo Alto.

Palo Alto Mayor Yiaway Yeh Tuesday joined city staff and representatives from 350Green in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at , where another charging station came online.

The new station is a first-in-Silicon Valley DC-powered fast-charger, capable of boosting a Nissan Leaf to an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes, according to City of Palo Alto Utilities Communications Manager Debra Katz.

“This event represents a historic step on the path to making electric vehicles a truly convenient alternative to gas-guzzling cars,” said Katz, who Tuesday joined City Planning and Transportation Commissioner Arthur Keller, 350Green’s Obrie Hostetter, and the mayor for the debut.

Katz said that people thinking of getting an electric vehicle should not be discouraged by any perceived lack of charging stations. The City has taken a proactive approach to launching numerous stations throughout the city, .

More information about the City’s electric vehicle program is available here.

Christopher Parkinson May 16, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Right on, lets see more of this! Invest in the companies that relate to e-cars and renewable energy, divest from oil, it is dead on arrival.
Eric Nelson May 16, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I'd like to know more about who's paying for the charges (the customer, or is it covered by the city?)... also, I've read some interesting things about the places where electric cars are more environmentally friendly than others... it depends on how the electric is generated. Of course, electric generated from coal is not a good thing for the environment, so more electric cars may not be the panacea everyone was hoping for.
Michael Talis May 16, 2012 at 08:42 PM
The pole does not quite work for me - you have either an option to buy an electric car ASAP or never. I personally would wait for the electric cars to have longer range and for the prices to come down.
TGD May 17, 2012 at 06:56 PM
It won't be long before you will be able get an iphone and ipad charging adapter for these things at the Dollar Store.
TGD May 17, 2012 at 07:39 PM
How about any legal restrictions to parking a non-electric vehicle in these charging spots. Seeing as so many non handicapped people park in those spaces even though it is illegal.
Christopher Parkinson May 17, 2012 at 08:29 PM
All you spoilers read this to get your future head on straight: Rifkin, Jeremy (2011-10-04). "The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World". Palgrave Macmillan. As far as regulation the spots, yes, meter maids with tow trucks at the ready as they do in San Francisco for bus lanes from parking spaces. Not hard to do at all. Limit a charge time at the spot. Put in a 4 line charger that can charge 4 cars at once.
TGD May 17, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Would those be electric powered tow trucks? How many sitting "at the ready". 4 lines off of one charger and it won't be long before it looks like a maypole with the lines all braided around. Who would be responsible when a possible blind person trips and falls from the cord grid? Seriously, I honestly believe we should pursue alternate energy. It does need to start somewhere and the problems ironed out as we go. As with everything that's fool proof some fool with prove it isn't.

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