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City, Tesla strike deal to install 'Superchargers' at downtown parking garage

Original post made on Jun 30, 2021

Eager to accelerate the public transition to electric vehicles, the City Council signed a deal last week with Tesla, allowing the company to install 19 vehicle chargers at the city-owned garage on Bryant Street.

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Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Downtown North

on Jun 30, 2021 at 10:42 am

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Posted by Resident11
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 30, 2021 at 10:48 am

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Do these chargers work only for Teslas? If so, I'd question Shikada's assertion that this is going to be a big help for people living in multi-family dwellings. Better to provide chargers that work with lower-priced vehicles.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2021 at 11:31 am

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The charge may be free but does the car owner have to pay to park?

Most Tesla superchargers are free! The local businesses do well as the driver usually spends money while the car is being charged. They are usually in places where the driver can buy more than fast food and a restroom break.


Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2021 at 11:48 am

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Electric bikes and foot-powered bikes are a much better way to get around Palo Alto. Our terrain and weather are much better than the Netherlands where most people bike for transportation. This is the easiest place to bike I have ever lived (and at 62 I have lived a lot of places). If you really care about reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), e-bikes are far less impactful to manufacture, they contribute far less to traffic congestion and wear and tear on public streets and safety impacts. They are FAR less expensive to park. (They take up less land for parking and road space, which at Palo Alto land prices, should be a significant public consideration). If city staff cared about managing costs, they'd be working harder on accommodating bikes and e-bikes.

You can plug an e-bike battery into a regular outlet, CM Stone, for your commute to work. Ride a bike to school--like the kids do. An e-bike (especially the cargo bike variety) is a great alternative to driving for local trips--and they can carry pretty big loads of groceries and work supplies.

Switching to e-cars does nothing at all to reduce the traffic congestion and safety impacts that motor vehicles create in our community. E-cars generate more GHGs overall than e-bikes when you consider GHGs generated by road and parking construction and maintenance, congestion that forces gas powered vehicles to idle, GHGs generated by manufacture of these vehicles, and GHGs generated by production of electricity to charge them.

e-bike design is rapidly advancing. They now can travel longer distances and carry greater loads.
They are WAY cheaper to buy and maintain than a car too. If you are going electric, a regular bike or e-bike might be a more flexible option to consider. You'll save tens of thousands of dollars and greatly reduce your footprint on our planet. Transportation is the biggest generator of GHGs in the Bay Area. Let's each do our part to protect our planet. Climate change is real.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2021 at 8:45 am

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And yet the City still hasn't been able to put electronic signage to show how much space is available in any garage?

We are the laughing stock of many other Bay Area cities as we are still unable to use technology to enable us to park.

Something very wrong with Palo Alto.


Posted by Old PA Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 6, 2021 at 10:30 pm

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We own two Teslas. One of the many advantages is that you can easily see how many supercharger stalls are available when deciding which charging station to use. To allow non-Teslas to park and not use the chargers will make it much less likely anyone who gets burned once will go back. The third floor is already making it user unfriendly. If it were me, I'd go to Stanford and not take the risk that non-electric cars are parked in all the "available" stalls. Ed made a mistake by insisting these are for all cars.


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