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First West Coast Navy Exchange Electric Vehicle Charging Station Opens at Naval Base San Diego

By: Robert Bell, Naval Base San Diego Public Affairs Officer

Naval Base San Diego opened the first West Coast electric vehicle or EV charging station at the local NEX during a March 22 ceremony.

The San Diego NEX is the first West Coast facility to offer electric vehicle charging to its patrons. Two EV charging spaces are conveniently located near an NEX entrance to encourage use of the service.

A 45-minute charge gives the typical electric vehicle an increased range of 23 miles, said Larry Boone, Navy Exchange Service Command, Automotive Program Manager

Customers pay for the service at the charging station by either swiping a radio frequency identification fob over the charging unit display or by using a credit card.

“As a 2012 Chief of Naval Operations Environmental award winner, we at Naval Base San Diego pride ourselves in leading the way to alternative energy options and reducing fuel consumption,” said Captain Smith, Commanding Officer, Naval Base San Diego.

“The NEX is planning to open its next EV station at Naval Base Coronado, and another at the U.S. Naval academy in Annapolis, Md. in 2014 to complete the pilot development,” said Boone.

“We want to lead the way in bringing alternative energy options to our retail customers. This station is being used as a pilot project, to test the service. Electric vehicle charging stations are another step toward progress and being a leader in the industry. Stores such as IKEA, Target, and Kohl’s all offer electric vehicle charging stations in California where zero emission vehicles are popular,” said Boone.
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