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USA: EV chargers bloom at San Diego Botanic Garden By Jared Whitlock

One of three EV chargers that was just installed at the San Diego Botanic Garden. Photo by Jared Whitlock
ENCINITAS — Those who dread “range anxiety” — the fear that their electric vehicle’s battery will run out of juice — now have another charging option: the San Diego Botanic Gardens.

Residents can use three EV (electric vehicle) stations that were recently installed upon paying admission to the Botanic Gardens. The new charging stations are part of The EV Project, a nationwide push to put more than 14,000 charging stations across the nation to promote electric and hybrid cars. The project is funded through a public-private partnership and federal stimulus money.

ECOtality, a San Francisco-based clean technology company, has been working to supply the EV chargers throughout San Diego County. Andy Hoskinson, the San Diego area manager for ECOtality North America, said the cost for installing the EV chargers has been reduced thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. He noted many have been eager to take advantage of the installation subsidy because it may not be in place next year.

More and more businesses and nonprofits are choosing to install the EV chargers, Hoskinson said.

“It’s beneficial in that their location becomes more of a destination, and people are more likely to stay,” Hoskinson said.

“People can charge their cars and explore the gardens,” he added.


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