Q: I’ve been lugging around San Jose, also as an EV proprietor I’m disappointed in the city’s public billing infrastructure. When you have a look at a charging map, there are some pretty enormous holes, such as in areas right adjacent to downtown.
Chuck Martin, San Francisco
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A: You can find holes, but the South Bay will fill several gaps with much more charging channels. San Jose is operating together with PG&E to set up 172 control points in Happy Hollow, two tons at police headquarters, the Mabury Service Yard and the South Service Yard. They’ll be available to be used by the city’s fleet, its workers and, typically, and also the public. Construction will begin late this month unless the shelter-in-place directive is prolonged.
Moreover, there are 3 busy clusters of chargers from town. All these are in the Bank of America Financial Center on Bernal Road, the Plaza Shopping Center and the Princeton Plaza Mall. There are plans to put in more in different places in San Jose next year.
Q: My spouse and I often drive to Southern California. We’re considering getting an electric car, but where about Highway 101 can we receive a charge, if necessary?
Fred Yates, San Jose
A: Three solar-powered fast-charging channels are installed in the Camp Roberts rest areas combined 101 in Monterey County along with the Shandon rest stop near Highway 46 at San Luis Obispo County.
Q: I always read your columns and love these very much. Your level-headedness is mythical.
However, I discover the bickering within the $100 enrollment fee for electric vehicles somewhat funny and wanted to reach out with a couple thoughts. To begin with, California currently provides a $2,000 rebate for electrical vehicles bought in California, which ought to be lots of incentive to purchase an EV. You may get around $7,500 in the feds too. I recently purchased an EV and I am not grumbling over the $100 enrollment fee to perform my part for the maintenance of our streets, sensed by most people as being honest, and that’s good enough for me.
The bickering is unhelpful, and I praise you for how that you manage the problem without belittling your green letter authors that feel so enthused about climate change. Individuals should purchase electric vehicles and vehicles since it’s the morally right thing.
A $100 yearly fee shouldn’t be a part of this calculation regarding whether a person does the ideal thing. It’s this symbolism of the fee which greens are arguing about, not the advantage or damage it is going to get the surroundings. Continue being patient with us tree-hugging EV drivers. We mean well.
Peter Douglas, The-Merc’s-Green-Rides-Guy
A: I understand you do.
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