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Photos of the Day: Electric Car Charging Begins in Capitola

Electric cars can now be charged for free in Capitola.

Back in April, . The installation was delayed a few months, but as of Thursday, Aug. 11, the stations went live and electric car charging is now a reality in Capitola Village.

On Friday afternoon, a Chevrolet Volt and a Nissan Leaf, both owned by Aptos residents, hooked up to the stations to kick off this new era of green technology in Capitola. 

Shots of the electrical innauguration are today's Photos of the Day.

Willow August 13, 2011 at 10:03 PM
How does it work? Are the cars left there while their owners go to the beach, or do they have a time limit so that other electric cars can have their jolt?
Jacob Bourne August 14, 2011 at 03:44 AM
There is a 4 hour maximum on each space
Chuck August 14, 2011 at 03:53 AM
free parking and free electricity. Who's paying to charge up these privileged cars?
Jacob Bourne August 14, 2011 at 03:59 AM
Chuck, that's a good question. It's important to remember though that the rest of lot costs just 50¢ per hour. You would be hard pressed to find another paid lot anywhere in the area that is that cheap.
Chuck August 14, 2011 at 05:42 PM
How much did it cost to install this system? Who's paying for that? And I noted a possibility of putting these on the Esplanade. where it is NOT 50 cents an hour. Also, the fact that there is a use of electricity that is apparently free for the user, ends up costing someone( I assume the taxpayer). It may seem like not very much money, but I do have an issue with making "special privilege" parking spots only for a few, which results in a loss of revenue for the city, no matter how small. Will there be some free parking spots for medical marijuana users, as designated with a large green leaf? how about some free parking spots for GLBT, as designated with a rainbow flag on the ground? Why not? And in this same issue of Patch, there's an article from Bob Begun about how Capitola needs to borrow money. perhaps too much spending on special projects and not enough for a rainy day. Or a flood!!

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