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Four more sites around town are offering charging access to owners of plug-in electric vehicles, the Port of San Diego announced yesterday.

Charging stations have recently been installed at Spanish Landing near Lindbergh Field (two), at Shelter Island Shoreline Park (another two), at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel (three), and at the corner Palm and Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach (one), for a total of eight new devices.

The installation and location selection for the chargers was conducted in partnership with The EV Project, operated by ECOtality, a San Francisco-based company with funding largely coming from the U.S. Department of Energy. The project installs public charging stations and tracks their usage in nine states, including California, and the District of Columbia.

The Port is also installing two more charging stations for its own private use and is adding electric vehicles to its fleet as part of its Green Port initiative that has included other projects such as the large-scale addition of shore power to allow major commercial ships to power down their diesel generators while in port, thus reducing local emissions.

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