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Southern California Air District Targets Grocery Stores as Quick Charge Locations

Starting in 2014, electric car drivers will be able to fast-charge their vehicles at selected grocery stores in California. The South Coast Air Quality Management District is behind a $1.2 million project that will install 20 smart-grid enabled fast charging stations at grocery stores on freeway corridors.

“This project is important to Southern California because it will help create a viable DC fast charging network that will be accessible, convenient and affordable for plug-in electric vehicle drivers,” SCAQMD spokesperson Tina Cox told PluginCars.com.

The fast chargers will be installed at Albertsons and Ralph’s grocery stores in the South Coast Air Basin, which includes all of Orange County, and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. In April, grocery chain Kroger—which operates under the name Ralph’s in some locations—announced it would install 200 Level 2 chargers and 25 fast chargers at its stores at 125 locations in Phoenix, San Diego and Los Angeles, among others.
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