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USA: Raleigh councilman wants charging station spots reserved for electric vehicles

Raleigh City Councilman Bonner Gaylord is the proud owner of a new Nissan Leaf, an electric car that lets him zip around town gas-free.

There’s just one problem. Gaylord has noticed that people with regular cars tend to park in spots where charging stations have been installed.

Electric cars will run out of power if they can’t plug in.

After Gaylord raised the issue, the city attorney’s office decided to draw up a measure to designate parking spaces with charging stations for use by plug-in vehicles only.

Raleigh is one of three cities taking part in Project Get Ready, an initiative to prepare for the rollout of plug-in electric vehicles. More than 30 charging stations are now available around town.

Gaylord said he wasn’t pushing for fines or penalties. He just wants the public to be aware of the purpose of the charging stations. The city has received more than $30,000 in grants for the program.

“We received significant funding to install these stations, and it’s a shame not to use them,” Gaylord said.

“In the long run, if we diversify our use of energy resources, we’re going to be better suited for whatever the future may bring.”
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