New electric vehicle charging stations opened Monday at the Waterfront Park, the first of several upcoming charge stations at government parking facilities.
The county celebrated the grand opening of the new stations at the Waterfront Park’s underground parking garage along the Pacific Highway.
Several stations are located along the southwest wall and one station is located on the southeast side.
The stations came to be after the county won a $500,000 grant from the California Energy Commission to pave the way for the installation of the charging stations. They were installed by ChargePoint and will be operated by them for the next five years.
The stations are the first in a project that plans to expand the stations to 10 other government parking facilities across the county. All stations are scheduled to open by December 2015.
The week of Dec. 22, electric vehicles can plug in and charge for free as part of the station's opening week.