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It's Simple to Use County's EV Charging Stations

Do you drive an electric vehicle? This video guides you through the charging process at several Marin County locations.

With this stormy autumn weather, we're seeing leaves blowing around everywhere. We're also seeing Leafs blowing around more often — the all-electric Nissan Leafs that are selling well among folks who turn green at the thought of greenhouse gas emissions.

Leafs, Toyota Priuses, Chevy Volts, old Honda Insights and other plug-ins are gaining popularity in Marin, which has a growing need for charging stations. The County of Marin is responding the increased demand by installing charging stations at the Marin Civic Center.

Have a look at this new county-made video. 

Felicia Luburich December 02, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Why do people think electric cars diminish CO2, etc??? Where do they think the electric comes from? Solar & Wind? Likely it comes from burning hydrocarbons ! DUH !! Electric cars are only "GREEN" if the electric that is used to charge them is "GREEN". Chew on that for a while. LESS people would be much more effective..ie BIRTH CONTROL, especially for those populations that have BIG families & mostly little means to care for & educate them, whether in the US, Mexico , Asia or Africa.
Heavenly Kevin Lee December 03, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I've got to agree with Felicia. If you have solar panels, then maybe you can start talking about "green". And why should the public be paying for this electricity anyway? Charge your car at home, I don't want to pay for it.
LilYoung December 03, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I'm not sure you realize that Marin County has the Clean Energy option, where you can opt in to receiving truly green energy from the grid. You should check it out at your PG&E account and choose it if you're so concerned about reducing co2, instead of getting so angry.
Justice Moore December 03, 2012 at 06:52 PM
No doubt green has become its own commmercial enterprise. Greter transparency is needed for end energy production and costs. Similar to the recycling program development we went through the last 20 years.
JBW December 04, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I just bought a new car with really good gas milage. I expect the county to have free gas stations for me and other who buy these cars! Makes as much sence as this BS! Why are we paying for this, and the videos? FYI The Nissan Leaf and Tesla get a minimum of 70 miles per charge, there is no need for this system! Charge it at home, buy a CNG Honda or do something that does not come from my tax dollars.
Mike April 22, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Not sure why there's so much energy around this (pun intended ;) ) ... The charging stations don't provide anything free. They're $3-$4 per charge (max 4 hours). That pays for the electricity several times over (actual electrical cost will be < $1 for most recharges). These stations are a great way for plug-in hybrid owners (like Volt and newer Prius) to get a top up when they're away from home so they can use more electricity and less gas. Sure, the installation of the charging station was partially funded by tax dollars, but that's part of building any new infrastructure (including roads themselves), and can be justified on many levels such as reduced pollution. On the "green" side, even if the electricity is generated from hydrocarbons, it is generated more efficiently than a car engine can produce energy (even accounting for transmission losses). I think it's great that Marin is jumping in to help solve the chicken-egg problem of electric vehicles! I hope it helps get many more on the road.

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