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A collection of eight electric vehicle charging stations placed in various areas administered by the Port of San Diego is the latest accomplishment of the agency’s Green Port Program, the Port announced Wednesday.

Funded by the EV Project, the Department of Energy-funded program aimed at installing thousands of electric vehicle charging stations in cities across the country, eight public electric vehicle charging stations are now up and running on Port land, including two chargers at Spanish Landing Park, two at Shelter Island Shoreline Park fishing pier, three at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel parking garage, and one in Imperial Beach in the Palm Avenue-Seacoast Drive parking lot.

An additional two stations have been installed at Port facilities for use by the Port’s new electric vehicle fleet.

California is one of 10 states, along with the District of Columbia, to participate in the EV Project, which seeks to install more than 14,000 charging stations in support of electric vehicles. The EV Project is a roughly $230 million venture, funded half by DOE and half by private investment. Installations under the program had stalled early this year, both in San Diego and nationwide. With the new stations at the Port, San Diego County now is listed as having 242 public installations, according to charging station maps available on the EV Project website.

The San Diego area was planned to have more than 1,000 public installations by the end of 2011 under the EV Project, leaving the project short of initial goals, but closer than it was in May when only 149 units had been installed.

The installation of EV charging stations supports the Port of San Diego's Green Port Program, which promotes its environmental sustainability goals in six key areas including water, energy, air, waste management, sustainable development and sustainable business practices.

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