The EV owner’s worst nightmare is not having enough juice to make home. Range anxiety as it’s often called will likely become less of an issue as batteries increase in life and more charging stations are installed but right now range anxiety is alive and well. The City of San Francisco is taking one of the first steps to reduce this issue by installing stations in city-owned parking lots and not charging for their use through 2013.
The stations are funded through a $300k program that draws money from city, state and federal programs with the purpose to study how the charging stations are used and at what rate. Most EVs feature quick charging modes and these chargers are designed just for that by replenishing part of the car’s batteries in 30 – 45 minutes. These city-ran charging stations will allow owners to in sense top of their tank.
Installation of the fast charges will start at the end of the month and is expected to conclude by the end of the year. In all over 20 garages around the city and at the San Francisco International Airport should get the stations thanks to this program. [SFExaminer via SlashGear]