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USA: Cerritos to launch test program of electric-car charging stations

Cerritos is the latest city to sign on to a pilot program to provide electrical charging stations for vehicles.

San Francisco-based ECOtotality North America will provide two, 240-volt charging stations on the top level of the Cerritos Civic Center parking structure at 18124 Bloomfield Ave.

Each of the plug-in stations can charge a vehicle in four to eight hours. Users can become members of the Blink Network and access the units for a fee, between $1 and $1.50 per hour. Guest users will pay $2 per hour.

Each station is connected to the Internet, which allows Apple and Android apps to locate chargers and check station availability.

ECOtotality will maintain the stations during the pilot program, which runs through December 2013, city officials said.

Once the pilot program ends, the city will evaluate its effectiveness to determine if it will be expanded or eliminated.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city will receive 50 percent of the revenue generated by the two stations, which will cover the city’s electricity costs at the stations.

In November, the Long Beach City Council also approved a contract with ECOtotality for the installation of a dozen charging stations throughout the city, with the possibility of additional stations in the future.

In other business, the Cerritos City Council recently approved a number of city-improvement projects, including a $98,098 contract to rehabilitate

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