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Marina gets new electric car charging stations

Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado always wanted to cut a gasoline hose.

The electric-car-driving mayor got his wish Tuesday as he and others dedicated two new charging stations for vehicles that use electricity — substituting a short length of fuel hose for the obligatory ribbon to cut.

“This really speaks to Marina’s commitment to electric vehicles,” said Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker.

The grant-funded Marina charging stations bring the number of such refueling spots to 32 in Monterey County. Capable of handling two vehicles apiece simultaneously, they’re on the east side of the city’s community development office, 209 Cypress Ave.

With the charging stations less than a block away from busy Del Monte Boulevard, city and business representative hoped they would attract electric vehicle owners who could charge up their rides while dining or doing business in Marina.

City Manager Layne Long, who told about 50 people in attendance that he woke up Tuesday knowing “this is going to be a green day,” said the city is looking for a second site for a charging station. Parker said she hopes the second site can be at the Marina Library.

“We feel more are going to come to Marina and that’s what Marina is about,” Long said.
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