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Salem Installs Vehicle Charging Stations

Eight electric car charging stations were recently installed in two Salem garages.

The following press release was issued by Jason Silva, Chief Administrative Aide to the Office of Mayor Kimberley Driscoll's:

The City of Salem has just installed eight electric vehicle charging stations in the Museum Place and South Harbor garages. These charging stations will fully charge an electric vehicle in four to six hours. 

As a Massachusetts Green Community, the City of Salem is committed to sustainable practices and infrastructure that promote and attract environmentally friendly technology and innovation.

Placing chargers near where people live and work is considered an important part of reducing the “range anxiety” that could otherwise slow the adoption of electric vehicles.

To ease fears of batteries sputtering mid-trip, the City of Salem has taken this step to support the rising demand for convenient charging options across the region and to build the infrastructure for viable electric vehicle utilization.

“This project demonstrates Salem’s continued commitment to renewable energy technologies,” stated Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. “Thanks to the Patrick-Murray Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, the City has been able to fund these charging stations, which will support the use of electric vehicles in our community.”

Four vehicles in each garage will have access to the stations and the City of Salem will provide this power free of charge for two years.

windpower December 18, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Where is the new energy czar ? State funds again . Increasing demand ? Really, they can't give the chevy volt away . Free power ,and 8 spaces lost .How about a study to see how often these spaces are used .
Leonard Nicodemo December 18, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Thumbs up.
Diane Wolf December 18, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I think that this is wonderful. I am proud to live in a green community.
john December 18, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Did they raise taxes so they could provide this free service? I wonder how much we will be paying for these people to have their cars charged ?
Deb December 19, 2012 at 06:01 AM
What, nowhere to swipe some plastic so people can pay for this? Can't believe the city missed THAT opportunity. Are you freakin' serious??! Who's paying for this again? OH. That's right! Look in the mirror!!! While we're paying a quarter for twenty minutes of parking downtown, and gas prices will probably never go below $3.00 a gallon again, and Bacon Hill is looking for more ways to wring blood out of us stones - somehow, somewhere, carbon is being burned so people can get free electricity for their CARS. Unless it's some endowment from the dreaded private sector (and it’s not) - we're paying for it. Fiddling while Rome burns - again!
John Dumas December 19, 2012 at 04:23 PM
How corruption starts: On October 16, the municipal government in Maribor, a formerly successful, now down-at-its heels industrial city in Slovenia, started using cameras to manage traffic. Overnight, Orwellian towers appeared at key crossroads in Maribor, clocking speeds every day, at all hours.
windpower December 19, 2012 at 05:24 PM
PSST Guess where the "green" energy comes from . DIRTY COAL
Nancy Gilberg December 19, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Exactly why the time to transition to cleaner energy - like electric cars and wind turbines - is NOW. Proud to be from Salem where so many are pushing for a greener future.
drunkpatti December 19, 2012 at 06:45 PM
That's funny I guess now cars and dirty cops and libraries ...are all getting charged thus month
Rich Felton December 19, 2012 at 09:21 PM
It's funny how we are a green community, but Mayor Driscoll got a variance from the conservation committee to build closer to the North RIver Canal. She got it changed from 200 ft to 100 ft so the developers of Salem Suede and Salem Oil and Grease could add more density to their projects. We are considered a green community, but Mayor Driscoll allows developers to get very large variances to developments that just keep putting more and more cars on the road. It takes sometimes 2 or 3 light changes just to get thru some intersections in the city. Being a so called green community only allows Mayor Driscoll to get more of our tax dollars for projects we don't even want.

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