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New Site For SF Bay Area Makes Buying Electric, Plug-In Cars Easy

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First 2011 Nissan Leaf delivered to buyer, San Francisco, Dec 2010, photo by Eugene Lee

First 2011 Nissan Leaf delivered to buyer, San Francisco, Dec 2010, photo by Eugene Lee

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Researching a new car can be hard work, especially with niche market vehicles like electric cars and plug-in hybrids.

With test-drives, news reports and general information, we provide buyers with a nationwide view of plug-in and green cars, but now a new website is offering car buyers in the San Francisco Bay Area a one-stop shop for all their specific SF Bay Area plug-in car questions. 

Set up by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Bay Area PEV Ready lists local events, workshops, and incentives specific to the Bay Area, as well as listing other resources on line where prospective plug-in car owners can look for more information. 

Similar to a website launched by Southern California Edison back in 2009 for residents of Los Angeles, it is hoped www.bayareapevready.org will encourage more residents in the Bay Area to make the switch to plug-in vehicles. 

Always known for its active plug-in vehicle movement, the new website isn’t the only new plug-in vehicle initiative Bay residents have to look forward to. 

Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

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Thanks to $6.3 million in funding from the BAAQMD, more than 50 direct current fast chargers and 250 Level 2, 240-volt charging stations will be installed throughout the area.

The funding will also provide rebates for up to 3,000 residents to have Level 2 home charging stations installed, the majority of which it hopes will be installed by the summer of 2013. 

With more cities actively encouraging plug-in car ownership, what could your own city, county or state do to further encourage plug-in cars? 

Let us know in the Comments below.

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  1. Hey great for you guys! I'd love to see 50 DC charging stations in a U.S. city. That should increase sales and hopefully spur on the rest of the country to work on infrastructure.

    In Tennessee we've been waiting on Ecotality to roll out all they promised for a while. They have some & I'm thankful for what they've installed, but it's not nearly on the schedule they announced years ago.

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  2. the Puget Sound Region was supposed to get about 40 from the EV Highway Project (we have 2 so far with sites for 3 more mentioned) and a dozen from the West Coast Green Highway Project of which all are installed i believe.

    having fast chargers really changes the EV game. it makes planning trips much easier but more importantly allows you get a charge quick enough for those unplanned events
     
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