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REGION: Local officials rolling out electric-car charging stations

The city of Temecula offers a free charging station for electric vehicles in Old Town, behind the Stagecoach Stop at the corner of Sixth and Mercedes streets. JAMIE SCOTT LYTLE |

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone drives a Honda hybrid from his Temecula home to the County Administration Center in Riverside.

Eventually, he intends to tool up and down Interstate 215 in a plug-in electric car —- once automakers extend the range of such vehicles.

It’s a 90-mile round trip to Riverside, and most plug-ins go less than 100 miles on a charge now.

“I don’t want to get stuck on the side of the freeway without any electricity,” Stone said.

But Stone expects the range problem to be resolved soon, sparking a major turnover in the Southern California passenger vehicle fleet.

“You will see people trading in fossil fuel cars for an electric vehicle,” he said. “I’m going to be one of the first to buy one. I really believe that electric vehicles are the wave of the future.”

Still, even with an extended range, electric vehicles won’t get far without places to recharge batteries. There are only a handful of those in western Riverside County.

Stone said in a telephone interview recently that he is working on a couple of initiatives to boost the number of charging stations.


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