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Electric Vehicle Charging Station Arrives at Restaurant

The charging station outside the 99 Restaurant is part of a larger program to establish sites for powering up electric vehicles.

The Marlborough location of the is one of 11 in the state to now offer customers who drive electric vehicles a free recharging station. 

The charging station was recently installed outside the restaurant at 32 Boston Post Rd West as part of a U.S. Department of Energy-funded program being rolled out by National Grid and Columb Technologies known as Charge Point America. 

In addition to Marlborough, the stations were also installed at Ninety Nines in Auburn, Billerica, Easton, Foxboro, Westford, Milford, North Andover, Revere, Tewksbury, and Weymouth. 

While relatively few electric cars are on the road, sales are increasing, with the number of electric vehicles sold more than tripling in the first quarter of 2012, according to industry data. Forecasts are for around 40,000 plug-in cars to be sold this year in the U.S., boosted by the recent introduction of a plug-in version of the Toyota Prius, the most popular model of hybrid vehicle. 

What do you think of this initiative? Do you drive an electric vehicle or know someone who does? Will you use the charging station? Would you ever drive a plug-in car? Let us know in the comments. 

Trish Y. May 24, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Author is too lazy to either run a spell a checker - recentluy - or state the charger level, 1, 2 or 3?
Keith Regan May 24, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Trish: Thanks fo the heads up on the typo. And I didn't know there were different level chargers until I saw your comment. Here's what I do know: The charging station at the 99 has two ports and both are rated for 240 volts. Which I believe makes them level 2 chargers.
Trish Y. May 24, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Keith ... well, guess the edit function is not working as it now says "recentl]y" ... thanks for trying. And yes, you seem to be correct ... Level 2. Level 1 is 110v (forever chargers) ... Level 2 are 240v ones and level 3 are rapid charge 3 phase DC chargers.
Keith Regan May 24, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Trish: Do you drive an EV? I'm wondering how much charge you would get if you plugged your car in for an hour into a 240v charging station like this. Any ideas? I do know from working in places such as coffee sops and libraries, and my monthly bills at home, that electricity is a precious commodity even if you don't plug in your car.
Trish Y. May 24, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I have a Leaf. I have a 240v charger in my garage. My understanding is that, for now, most public charging like this is free. "Overnight" charge ... 30 amps at 220v. Or 8kwh. Determine your rate for kwh. But being on solar panels, we don't! Try it, you'll like, love, it. :)

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