S.F. unveils electric car charging stations

The City of San Francisco unveiled three new electric car charging stations at City Hall, Wednesday, that car-share services can use to power their cars.

Public charging stations will be available to City CarShare and ZipCar vehicles as well as the plug-in hybrid cars now part of San Francisco’s municipal fleet.

“Electric vehicles are the future of transportation and the Bay Area is the testing ground for the technology,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom at a press conference for the unveiling of the charging stations.

Zipcar has one plug-in hybrid in its fleet of vehicles.

Campbell-based Coulomb Technologies provided the three charging stations for a two-year demonstration period. But in November, Newsom, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums announced a plan to make the Bay Area the “Electric Vehicle Capital of the U.S.”

The plan includes a partnership with Palo Alto-based Better Place to provide electric vehicle charging stations throughout the Bay Area. Better Place said it will invest $1 billion in its electric vehicle infrastructure here over the next several years.