By Ami Cholia
Posting in Cities
San Francisco will provide electric car drivers free charging at public stations until 2013, as a way to reduce range anxiety.
To promote the use of electric cars, San Francisco will provide free charging for plug-in vehicles at city-owned parking garages and at San Francisco International Airport until the end of 2013.
Considering most drivers are likely to charge their cars at home, these 90 or so chargers will be a back-up for consumers. Currently, electric cars make up a small fraction of San Francisco's traffic, but California is likely to see the highest number of early adopters in the coming years.
Installation will begin next month and the chargers will be ready to go by the end of the year. By giving drivers access to charging, the city is hoping to reduce range anxiety. Mayor Lee said in a press release that the chargers were meant to “build confidence in the new technology.”
Bob Hayden, the clean transportation adviser at the San Francisco Department of the Environment, told SF Examiner that the program’s goal was to continue reduction of the city's carbon emissions.
The stations will also help the city gather data on how frequently public charging stations are used and where they are needed.
Funding for the stations comes from a $300,000 bill that includes federal, state and local grants. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District granted $3.9 million to four companies earlier this year to install public charging stations.
In the end, the the Bay Area will get 2,750 new chargers, including 30 fast chargers -- which can power an electric car in about 30 to 45 minutes.
The Mayor's Office is hoping that the new efforts will reduce San Francisco’s greenhouse gas levels to 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.
San Francisco's charging hot spots:
- Civic Center garage
- Ellis O’Farrell garage
- Fifth & Mission garage
- General Hospital garage
- Golden Gateway garage
- Japan Center garage
- Lombard garage
- Mission Bartlett garage
- Moscone Center garage
- North Beach garage
- Performing Arts garage
- Pierce Lombard garage
- Polk Bush garage
- Portsmouth Square garage
- SFO garages
- St. Mary’s Square garage
- 1600 Mission Street garage
- Stockton Sutter garage
- Union Square garage
- Vallejo Street garage
May 9, 2011
LOL Opium dens, forked tongues, other people's taxes, check's in the mail ... ... no attitude there. What are you, oil company employees? Since we are as hooked on Middle East oil as you are on crack (based on these replies) and since burning all this fossil fuel as inefficiently as possible is the current status quo, and since the Middle East is a volatile region that from time to time shuts off the flow of oil and since our entire economy is based on energy use, and since cars are among the worst polluters of our planet .... well, maybe we should test a few of the options we have including electric vehicles. SF is running a test to answer the question: "Would having available charging stations increase the adoption of electric vehicles?" And I say: "Good on them!" You guys should fire up your sheik-mobiles and get on with your lives. ... oh, and the SF Police does have some electric cars (which, by the way, accelerate faster than most gas vehicles) and the new police chief turned in the town car provided him with a driver for a hybrid that he drives himself. Are you boiling mad at this bastion of liberalism yet?
These are the kind of ideas that come out of opium dens. EVs and San Francisco's Hills means you'll get about a minute on the street per hour of charge :-) Hey, I heard EVs are fast.. maybe these same idiots will order up EVs for the San Francisco Cops? Think of the money saved!
Liberal/socialist/progressive speak with forked tongue. This should really help get spending under control. How's the free ride going?
Free? San Francisco is spending $4,000,000.00 of other people's money to give a benefit to a small minority of drivers. Great... now people from all over the United States (through "federal, state and local grants") can rightfully claim that their tax dollars go into the pockets of a few Bay Area contractors, and a few priveledged drivers, who already received $7,500.00 of other people's money. Hey, if I travel to San Francisco, do I get to drive your car? After all, my taxes helped to pay for your car, and for your "free electricity".
Too bad these never caught on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri2BG2qOvCg
I rank this claim up there with, "The Checks in the Mail", "My dog won't Bite". There ain't nuttin for free....
The staggering cost of electric vehicles adoption is a discussion this country needs to have. With a government subsidy of $7500/vehicle and now the cost of free fuel on top of the huge cost of new government-installed infrastructure, it's time to look at the true costs of a flawed all-electric future that already gives early adopters "anxiety". Before we go too far down this electric road perhaps we should look at viable alternatives like hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells.
LOL no doubt, the article is about EV's and charging stations, how'd you manage to jump the track and end up on the hybrid topic? The Chief needs to walk the talk... he needs to be driving an EV.. You'd be laughing with me if you knew the difference between a BTU and an IOU, and experienced what a steep SF hill does to the state of a battery charge. why not buy an EV and get some hands on experience?
I agree, SF is running a test to answer the question: "Would having available charging stations increase the adoption of electric vehicles?" And, this is how NEW TECHNOLOGIES happen American Friends. Based on 90% of the comments here, you all would have FIRED the inventors of all the following products because they spent too munch and "R&D" (Research and Development for the high school grads) - Apple Ipad, Ipod, MAC's - Windows Operating System - Your Cell phone (iPhone, a Nokia, HTC, Motorola, etc..) - All the costly Emergency Room Gizmos that you fret... - and probably a million more things. The is called a "Beta" test, when the producer, in this case the City of SF is Market testing a new technology. When was the last time a town near you tested something new? Cheers!
If someone wants an electric vehicle, very cool. Just do not make me pay for it. What right does the government have to tell me to pay for someone else's fuel just because it got converted from natural gas into electricity at the local power plant? And if I refuse, the IRS thugs come to my door and take me to jail. Eco-Fascism.
The fuel for these cars has to come from somewhere: coal, gas, nuclear. Has any one calculated the gas-gallon-equivalent fuel consumption? With losses in transmission, charging equipment, and batteries, it is likely to be not much better that fueling the car directly. Then there are the local, state, federal inventory, and sales taxes not yet levied on the fuel used to charge these cars. Wait until the cute little meters and charging stations start collecting taxes!
Takes a lot out of the battery to get up the hill, but with regenerative braking it recharges the battery when you go back down - you get most of the energy back. There's some loss of range, but it's not nearly as bad as you make it out.
Electric car prices are a bit the opposite of gasoline car prices. EV car prices tend to be higher but the operating parts car costs are lower. Traditional gas powered may cars cost less, but they have higher operating costs.
If you really wanted to know, you could have done a search and quickly found the information, like I just did. One paper I found (from 2006) looked at the efficiency of the Tesla Roadster compared to gasoline, gasoline-electric hybrid, and hydrogen fuel-cell cars. It calculated all the energy costs "from well to wheel" - from where the fuel is taken from the ground to the point of powering the car. The Tesla was twice as efficient as a Toyota Prius hybrid. Maybe not the best example, since the Prius can carry more passengers - but then, the Tesla is optimized for performance rather than economy. There are plenty of other studies that all reach the same conclusion - the electric car is far more efficient. Oh, and hydrogen fuel-cell cars didn't do well at all - it takes too much energy to make hydrogen.