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New York City Opens Its First Public Charging Station for Electric Cars

100 similar charging stations will be installed by September 2011.

Published: 16-Jul-2010

YORK — In an effort to encourage New York City residents to choose environmentally friendly ways to travel, the city unveiled its first electric car charging station on Wednesday and says more will be placed throughout the city.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, joined by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, demonstrated how to use the public car charging station installed on a Manhattan parking lot.

"The electric vehicle is not just a pipe dream or a scene from the Jetsons," Bloomberg said. "It is here and it is here right now."

He said 100 similar charging stations will be installed throughout the city by September 2011. The city already uses 10 electric cars to check for potholes and other street problems, and plans to buy about 40 more to be used by the parks and transportation departments.

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