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Charge Your Electric Car in Cupertino

Need to charge your electric car? There are several stations nearby to keep you topped off for your eco-friendly commute.

There's no doubt Californians love their cars. The Golden State accounts for almost 10 percent of all car sales in the country, The Wall Street Journal reported recently.

If you're in the market for an electric vehicle, you'll certainly have your pick. With its laws incentivizing car manufacturers to go green, California has driven the push for eco-friendly transportation. 

Electric vehicles can provide up to three times the power conversion compared to their gas-powered counterparts and boast an engine that operates more quietly and requires less maintenance, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To top it off, buying an eco-friendly car can net you a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

Though electric cars are more energy-efficient, you can still travel up to three times as far in some internal-combustion vehicles. Another thing to consider is electric car batteries are expensive to replace and can take up to eight hours to charge.

Several car manufacturers offer eco-friendly vehicles, including Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Ford, Nissan, Tesla and Toyota.

Some manufacturers are establishing their own charging stations hoping to lure potential customers. Tesla has built a network of six solar-powered charging stations from L.A. to San Francisco, according to Car and Driver.

Whether you're looking to buy an electric car or you already own one, Santa Clara County is full of service stations—including one at Cupertino City Hall—that will keep you charged for your emissions-free commute. The cost is fifteen cents per kilowatt hour which translates into $3.50 to $4 for a full charge for most electric vehicles, according to city spokesman Rick Kitson.

Here is a list of local charging stations, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy. Stations offer Level 1 (120 volts) and Level 2 (240 volts) charging.

Cupertino City Hall

10300 Torre Ave., Cupertino

Level 2

Nissan Sunnyvale

680 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale

Level 2

Sunnyvale Ford Lincoln

650 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale

Level 2

Saratoga Library

13650 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga

Level 2

City of Saratoga

14421 and 14493 Big Basin Way, Sarartoga

13777 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga

Level 2

Stevens Creek Nissan

4855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara

Level 2

Sunnyvale CalTrain Station

W. Evelyn Ave. and S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale

Level 2

 

bruce parmenter February 28, 2013 at 10:16 AM
The rate of $0.15 per KiloWattHour (pkWh) is quite reasonable, so Kudos to Cupertino. A Ford Focus with an on-board 6kW charger could fully recharge in less than 4 hours. So, that would be (4hours * 6kW) * $0.15 = ~$3.60 for the ~75 mile range the Focus has. A gas Focus gets 29mpg, so 75 miles would be 2.6gallons @$4gal, that is $10.40. So the electric cost is about 1/3 that of the gas version. The USEoD link provided, like all the other EV Charging finder sites ( recargo.com , carstations.com , plugshare.com , +more) have listings that your need to be wary of. Example: if a charge-point is at a company (i.e.: Facebook, AMD), it may be really only for their employees to use. Be careful, you might get towed-away ($$$). Most dealerships really only want to offer a charge to what they sell (i.e.; Leaf EV @Nissan dealerships, etc). Other public EVSE are fine: City Hall, Shopping Centers, etc. Take a look at http://www.recargo.com/search?search=95070&commit=Search&filters[]=1772&filters[]=cha Tesla's SuperChargers (level-3) are not compatible with other plugins. Currently, CA is lagging behind other states in installing L3 along major highways. See http://www.recargo.com/search?search=94583&commit=Search&filters[]=cha Supposedly, the deal Gov Brown worked out with NRG is supposed to resolve that http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=17463 (IMO - I am not holding my breath when it comes to NRG being honest) {brucedp.150m.com}

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