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Are You Using the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Sonoma?

Motorists can charge up in a parking lot on East Napa Street.

Motorists driving electric vehicles now have a second charging station owned and installed by the City of Sonoma, in a parking lot at 152 E. Napa St.

The location is near the corner of First Street East and East Napa Street.

The two stations were funded through grants obtained by the County of Sonoma, from:

*       Charge Point America Program with Coulomb Technologies;
*       Bay Area Local Government Electric Vehicle Demonstration Project;
*       Bay Area Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Readiness Pilot Project; and,
*       Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District.

At this stage, they are the only charging locations that the City intends to install, according to Wendy Atkins, city associate planner.

A ChargePoint card works best to activate the station, according to the city flier attached to this story, however motorists can also use a variety of credit cards or a paypass card. This video explains how to find and use stations on the Charge Point America network anywhere in the country.

The County of Sonoma last year was voted "Most Electric Vehicle Ready Community for 2011" by a group called Bay Area Climate Collaborative. Eleven agencies were nominated for the award, according to . Agencies were judged on the number of installed and proposed charging stations, adopted policies and ordinances in support of charging stations, ease of permitting for EV charging stations, outreach and education to catalyze the EV market, and a number of other criteria.

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Will you use the charging stations? Do you intend to buy a hybrid vehicle or a fully electric one? Tell us in the comments section below.

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