City approves plan to add 117 charging stations

Electric vehicle stations at public facilitiies

SAN DIEGO - The city of San Diego will add 117 charging stations for electric vehicles at public facilities by the end of this year, under a plan unanimously approved Tuesday by the City Council.

The installations are part of a federally funded program to improve electric vehicle infrastructure and study the habits of drivers.

The charging stations will be located in existing parking lots at libraries, recreation centers and other city buildings. According to a staff report, those kinds of locations were chosen because drivers are more likely to stay awhile.

Customers will pay 50 cents per kilowatt hour to fill their batteries.

"We just need to give people more opportunities to build the infrastructure, to make these changes, reduce our carbon footprint and improve the environment," Councilman Todd Gloria said.

There are about 1,900 electric vehicles in use in San Diego, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.

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