Tag Archives: EV

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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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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Reader questions free parking, fueling for EVs in public parking lots

Dear Street Smarts, Q: At the corner of Lincoln and Cedar streets, there is one of the few remaining free parking lots downtown. In that lot, is an electric car charging station and two electric car parking spaces. I suspect … 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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Bill to be mailed for Fishhook damage

The driver who, earlier this month, crashed into the barrier between Emeline Avenue on Highway 1 and Northbound Highway 17 at the Fishhook is going to get a bill from the state. On July 10, the driver of a Ford … 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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Brake problems behind Mitsubishi EV recall

Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 1,402 model year 2012 i-MiEV electric vehicles because the brake system vacuum pump may fail, causing the vacuum pump to stop working, thus increasing stopping distances and increasing the risk of a collision.   … Continue reading

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