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Agency seeks half-million for more electric vehicle power stations

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Issue 05, Volume 18.

RIVERSIDE - The Board of Supervisors today endorsed an Economic Development Agency request to apply for state funding that would enable the agency to dramatically increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations available at Riverside County facilities.

The EDA will compete for a $500,000 Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant available through the California Energy Commission, which announced last month that it was accepting applications for a total $4 million in grant funding. Any recipient awarded funds must commit to a 25 percent match. According to the EDA, the match can include "in-kind" contributions, such as labor.

Two years ago, the board received a $21,000 federal taxpayer-funded grant for the installation of four charging stations -- three in Riverside and one in Murrieta. Since then, according to the EDA, the county has added two more.

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existing EV charging stations have had almost 1,500 charging sessions, have saved over 1,400 gallons of gasoline and have removed 4.7 tons of greenhouse gases from the air in Riverside County," EDA documents state.

The stations are run at county expense and can be accessed without charge by county employees or members of the general public.

According to the EDA, recent surveys indicated a growing interest among employees in purchasing EVs. Some respondents said they had received "inquiries from non-employees about the availability of charging stations," including from contract workers, doctors and others, according to the agency.

The desired grant funding would support the installation of an additional 45 charging stations, 41 of which would have the ability to charge more than one vehicle at the same time. Stations would be located at government buildings countywide.



Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #1 | Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 8:54 pm
This makes about as much sense as putting BETAMAX tapes in a redbox machine.
Comment Profile ImageCarla
Comment #2 | Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 5:03 pm
This is a good beginning but what we really should be doing is rapidly expand mass transit options for residents so as to eliminate/reduce the need for single occupant vehicles. Even more importantly we need land use policies that direct all future growth into our existing urban centers and deny any and all residential building permits outside of these dense urban cores.
Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #3 | Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 1:21 pm
Carla, if I want to build a house out in the boonies thats my choice and no person, agency, commision, or government entity has no say in it. Its a free country! If you want a centralized totalitarian government telling you where you can live, what you can eat, what car to drive, what doctor you can see, what religion you can practice, what kind of toilet paper or light bulb you can use then by all means go straight to Iran, dont pass go and dont collect 200 dollars. Take your centralized communist totalitarian utopia and SHOVE IT!! America is a free country and if I have ANYTHING to do with it, its going to stay that way! If your offended by this too d**n bad.
Comment Profile ImageCarla
Comment #4 | Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 4:39 pm
Sorry Checker, but you're wrong. Even under the most primitive bourgeois concepts of so called private property as currently practiced in this country, you do not have a right to do whatever you want. You do not have a right to build a factory in the middle of a residentially zoned neighborhood. You do not get to open a slaughter house next door to a hospital. The reason is that one person's use of property has very real material effects upon others in society.

Sprawl development requires collective social resources to provide infrastructure such as sewers, roads, fire protection, public education etc. The pollution generated by your car is something that affects those around you as well. As a society we can not allow finite resources (and land is a finite resource) to be gobbled up because of Reality Checker's antiquated and out dated beliefs. It's no longer 1800 when there were only 5 million people in the country. There's already more than 300 million people in the US now and that will only grow higher (much higher if we adopted your views on family planning and women's reproductive choice).

But if you don't feel comfortable dealing with today's realities or the impending future, please feel free to take your passé ideology and transport yourself back to 1800. I'm sure you and Daniel Boone would make a cute couple.
Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #5 | Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm
And you would be Lenin's b****.

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