San Diego expands electric vehicle charging stations program
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There are two new charging stations at the Ocean Beach Lifeguard Tower parking lot. / Photo by Thomas Melville
There are two new charging stations at the Ocean Beach Lifeguard Tower parking lot. / Photo by Thomas Melville
To help meet the goals of San Diego’s landmark Climate Action Plan, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined on Feb. 15 by Councilmember Lorie Zapf and environmental leaders in Ocean Beach to announce the City has more than doubled the size of its electric vehicle charging station program.

“We hope that by locating charging stations in popular destinations, it’s easier and more convenient to use electric vehicles as well as encourage more people to purchase electric vehicles,” Faulconer said. “You can enjoy staying at a park, beach or library a little longer knowing you can charge your car there.”

By increasing the number of electric vehicle ports from 32 to 68, the City now has charging stations at 15 different locations citywide. With the new installations, San Diego continues to lead the way on environmental issues and takes another step toward slashing greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035 – a key goal of the Climate Action Plan.

Local charging stations are at Mission Bay Aquatic Center (3), South De Anza Cove (4), Bonita Cove (4), and the Ocean Beach Lifeguard Tower parking lot (2).

The stations were funded through a $500,000 grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The City’s Economic Development Department secured the grant with partners Center for Sustainable Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric and OpConnect, a charging station operator and manufacturer.

“By boosting our electric vehicle infrastructure, we’re creating sustainable communities that are cleaner and greener for future generations,” Zapf said.

Adopted in December 2015, the Climate Action Plan is a package of policies created to benefit San Diego’s environment and economy. It helps create new jobs in the renewable energy industry, improve public health and air quality, use resources more efficiently, increase clean energy production and improve quality of life. The plan lays out steps to achieve the goal of cutting greenhouse gases in half by 2035, including shifting a majority of the City’s fleet to electric.

The City’s charging station rates are $1.75-1.80 per hour, vehicles can be charged using all major credit cards.

Jacques Chirazi, business development manager for the city’s Economic Development Department, said the increasing number of easy-to-use stations at popular city landmarks will likely increase usage among residents and visitors.

“San Diego continues to provide more opportunities for San Diegans to do their part to reduce pollution and protect the environment,” Chirazi said. “With these new stations, we’re making it easier than ever for San Diegans to use electric vehicles and reduce pollution to the benefit of everyone.”

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