SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Hundreds of charging stations for electric vehicles are going to start sprouting up around San Diego County over the next several months, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said Thursday.
"By this fall, San Diego will have about 1,000 charging stations in the region," the mayor said.
The number of stations, which will be at public venues, businesses and residences, will "remove the convenience barrier" and worries about range from people trying to decide whether to purchase an electric vehicle, such as a Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt, Sanders said.
The plan to determine locations was developed by the San Diego Association of Governments, and the installations will be made by San Francisco-based ECOtality.
The company said 10 of its "Blink Pedestal" charging stations are now operational in Balboa Park, including the parking lot behind the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and near the Air and Space Museum.
Jim Avery, a senior vice president with San Diego Gas & Electric, said rates to fill vehicle batteries with electricity will be "a small fraction of the gasoline equivalent." His own costs in driving an electric car are about 75 percent lower than with his old gas-powered vehicle, he said.
Despite the warm weather, it wasn't hard to get into the holiday spirit in Tierrasanta on Saturday where military families celebrated Christmas.
Extremely hot weather in San Diego County's deserts is expected to persist Friday through early next week and temperatures in other inland areas will spike on Sunday.
A 30-year-old man who was hit by a car in San Marcos while jaywalking Saturday morning died in a hospital, according to San Diego County sheriff's officials.
A town hall meeting meant for veterans to share their experiences with civilians who haven't gone through combat is scheduled for Saturday in El Cajon.
A 12-year-old Oceanside boy who went missing from a Kaiser hospital in Irvine was found safe Saturday morning in Mission Viejo and turned over to a family member, according to Irvine police.
Two Subway sandwich shops in San Diego were robbed at gunpoint Friday, possibly by the same masked thief, authorities reported.
Home surveillance cameras captured two women stealing mail right out people’s mailboxes in a Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood this week.
Short-term lodging service Airbnb on Friday released a report about the $420 million impact it has on San Diego’s economy.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of San Diego's most treasured attractions - SeaWorld's Bayside Skyride. Since 1967, more than 20 million guests have soared above Mission Bay on its iconic gondolas.