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San Juan charges up electric-vehicle station

City is the first in Orange County to have a public electric-vehicle quick-charging station. It’s at the Marriott Residence Inn, and you get free charges until December.

San Juan Capistrano is the first city in Orange County to have a public electric-vehicle quick-charging station.

The new 25-kilowatt DC quick-charge station enables drivers to quickly recharge plug-in electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Most PEV vehicles that are all-electric get only to 80 to 100 miles per charge, making long-distance travel difficult.
Article Tab: Ketra Slayton, general manager of the Marriott Residence Inn, and San Juan Capistrano Mayor Larry Kramer cut the ribbon signifying the official opening of the new Evoasis quick-charge station.
Ketra Slayton, general manager of the Marriott Residence Inn, and San Juan Capistrano Mayor Larry Kramer cut the ribbon signifying the official opening of the new Evoasis quick-charge station.
JOSH FRANCIS, FOR THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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The San Juan station recently had its grand opening at the Marriott Residence Inn at 33711 Camino Capistrano. The station was in use for about two weeks before that and serviced five to six cars per day during that time.

“There is a fairly steady stream of use; I would anticipate three to four cars a day at the minimum,” said Ketra Slayton, general manager of the Residence Inn.

Slayton said people using the station go just to charge and not to stay at the hotel.

“There is a significant group of (PEV) owners in both the San Diego area and the Los Angeles area who will continue to use this as a gateway for travel to markets that have been out of reach in the past,” Slayton said. “In addition, each electric vehicle is equipped with a CarWings program which will automatically alert them of the charging station if the program is in active status.”

Though there are other charging stations in Orange County, this one, owned and operated by United Kingdom-based Evoasis, is the only quick-charge station capable of charging compatible cars to 80 percent in less than an hour, according to Evoasis Chief Executive Angus Clark.
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