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Electric Vehicle Charging Corridor

by on Sep.22, 2009, under Uncategorized

salinas_charging_stationA new electric vehicle (EV) charging corridor is being established along a corridor linking LA and San Francisco for owners of electric vehicles to recharge their battery.  Its the first of its kind in the country.

At five locations along the corridor, companies Rabobank and SolarCity have set up 240V 70A charging stations that can recharge in typically 1 to 3 hours.  The locations are positioned near retail areas to provide a means of killing time while the charging happens.  Currently the stations are fitted to charge only Tesla electric vehicles but when a universal charging plug is agreed upon by a standards committee, expected in a few months, any electric vehicle including Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, etc. should be able to use the charger.

The stations cost the companies from $7000 to $12000 to install, and currently the service is free using solar cells to generate the power.  More details at Wired.com

California EV charging station


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