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Rancho Cucamonga may explore charging for electric vehicle energy

The city of Rancho Cucamonga will explore the feasiblity of installing credit card readers on public electric car charging stations. Cameron Chien is seen here with his Chevy Volt electric car at a city hall charging station. neil nisperos — staff

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Posted: 08/24/13, 6:57 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Electric vehicle owners in the city are enjoying the benefit of virtually free energy for their cars through use of the city’s public electric charging stations — though this might have to change in the future.

City officials are considering the potential for placing credit card readers on the charging stations to charge electric car owners for the electric cost. In the next year, the city will be measuring and collecting usage data, officials said.

The city recently approved an ordinance to limit the time that vehicle owners can park in a charging space to four hours, or face the penalty of a parking ticket. They must use the spaces for charging purposes.

City manager John Gillison said the ordinance reflects greater usage of the charging stations, which were installed with no cost to the taxpayers two years ago with grant money from the California Energy Commission. The project was undertaken in order to replace older charging stations that had been idle after the first wave of electric vehicles tanked in the marketplace in the 1990s.


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