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USA: Now 24 EV charging stations in Marin

PRIVETTE/MARINSCOPE It doesn’t look like the beginning of the end of American dependence on foreign oil, but this electric-vehicle charging station (inset) is one of many installed throughout Marin County so owners of electrically powered vehicles won’t run out of power. Cutting the ribbon at the installation ceremony are, from left, Cory Bytof, sustainability coordinator, City of San Rafael; Linda Jackson, planning manager, Transportation Authority of Marin; Dale Miller, president, Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association; Gary Phillips, mayor of San Rafael; Damon Connolly, San Rafael City Councilmember (holding scissors) and Bill Carney, president of Sustainable San Rafael.

San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips dedicated the city’s next generation of electric vehicle charging stations at a ribbon cutting ceremony in the A Street public garage during the 25th annual May Madness classic car event.

A high-end Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sports car (like the one Justin Bieber drives) and an affordably-priced Mitsubishi “i” all-electric hatchback were the first cars to charge up at the new stations, bracketing the range of EVs that are quickly penetrating the U.S. automotive market.

The two Coulomb Technologies “ChargePoint” stations enable visitors to downtown San Rafael to recharge their electric cars while they shop, dine or otherwise enjoy the city. Initially there will be no charge for the electricity beyond the regular fee for parking in the garage.

“San Rafael has the highest concentration of green businesses in Marin, and these charging stations really emphasize that our downtown is rapidly becoming a green business shopping and entertainment destination,” said Mayor Phillips.

The charging stations join two others that the city previously installed at the C Street garage, working in conjunction with the Transportation Authority of Marin, Marin Clean Energy, and Sustainable San Rafael.

The County of Marin has installed three additional charging stations at its facilities in San Rafael, and Belvedere has put in two. Six more are approved for installation in Novato and one in Mill Valley, according to the TAM, which coordinates the regional matching funds for implementing EV infrastructure and accelerating adoption of electric vehicles. Countywide, a total of 24 EV charging stations are either in place or in the works.
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