Tag Archives: electric vehicles

Readers question new ‘Give Me 3’ law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I think the new ‘Three feet for safety’ law is a good idea. I have a question about its practical application. On a two lane road, for instance Highway 9, when I find a clear spot … Continue reading

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EV chargers getting damaged by users, replacement pending

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am noticing the EV chargers in downtown Santa Cruz are slowly disappearing. One by one, they are breaking and not being repaired. I drive an EV and one of the major incentives was free charging … Continue reading

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City’s EV fleet charging stations soon to be off limits to public

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Sunday, we went downtown for the ‘Eat Like A Greek’ festival in our Chevy Volt. I knew that the City Hall parking lot would be ideal–close by and electric charging stations, which I didn’t know were … Continue reading

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Who’s paying for free EV charging stations, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Ramona, you wrote in last Thursday’s Street Smarts column about free parking and charging for electric vehicles that ”The electricity cost are also subsidized as only a public utility can charge for power usage,’ Granlund said.’ … Continue reading

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Tesla distraction article in poor taste, readers say

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your article about, Hencke appears biased. Do you not know a Tesla driver killed Josh Alper on Hwy 1? Or are you trying to make the accident okay? The facts: The Tesla did not kill Alper. … Continue reading

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Driving a Tesla A can be distracting

Editor’s note: Today’s Street Smarts column is from Dr. Richard Hencke, emergency room physician at Dominican Hospital and occasional Street Smarts contributor. During the past year, Street Smarts has published thoughts about electric vehicle ownership from local contributors. Today, Hencke, … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz County is getting ‘Plugged In’

Ecology Action is hosting an workshop to help the electric vehicle curious determine if they can curb their gas-powered car 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at 877 Cedar St. Several EV owners will be there to discuss life with the … Continue reading

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Is an electric vehicle right for you?

Ecology Action, at 877 Cedar Street, is hosting a free workshop aimed at helping people learn more about electric vehicles. From 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the organization’s downtown Santa Cruz office, the EV curious will learn the benefits of owning the alternatively fueled … Continue reading

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Celebrating a year with an EV

Last July, Cheryl Schmitt bought her first electric vehicle and she wouldn’t trade it for everything. Today, she shares some of her insights about owning her Th!nk City EV. Editor’s note: Today’s Street Smarts column is from Cheryl Schmitt, transportation … Continue reading

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Hwy 1 auxiliary lanes project update, electric vehicles workshop

Concrete will be poured on the top deck of the new La Fonda Bridge beginning at 7 a.m. today. The mixing trucks will begin pouring on the ocean side of La Fonda but will not need to work from the … Continue reading

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