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California City Home to Car Charging Stations Including Rapid Option

Eco-Travel, San Francisco, Travel News — By John Curran on May 26, 2010 at 8:00 am

Vaca is Spanish for cow, but the California city of Vacaville is more bullish about the prospect of electric car technology among its nearly 100,000 residents.

It’s a haven for eco-conscious tourists and travelers who enjoy festivals near the Vaca Mountains, and it now has the country’s first rapid charger for electric vehicles, according to a Matter Network report. Faster than some overnight options for the home, it can juice up some cars to nearly full charge in about half an hour.

But Vacaville has more than just one charger. Per capita it’s one of the most electric car friendly cities in the U.S., using federal grants over the past decade to defray the cost of the installation.

If you’re looking for a smaller town that has a greener state of mind, you could pick the city in between San Francisco and Sacramento. Unlike the larger cities, Vacaville is a bit closer to the mountains, and the smaller size has enabled it to take advantage of quick acting officials like former transportation systems manager Ed Huestis.

If your companion is more interested in construction than saving the environment, tinkerers young and old may be interested in the 2 megawatt photovoltaic solar panel project that PG&E used as a proof of concept near the town, notes Lexology.

[Image: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory]

Tags: California, Electric Cars, Rapid Charging, Vacaville

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