Eleven charging stations for electric cars now are up and running in downtown Burbank. City officials hope they will spark interest among drivers of the high-tech cars to patronize the business district. Drivers can even be sent a text message when the cars are fully charged.
Use of the stations is free until July 1. After that, the cost will be $2 an hour, but the texts will remain a free perk.
Drivers started plugging into the stations immediately after they were installed, and they have gradually become more popular, officials say.
On average, five cars are charged a day, with each session lasting about two hours, said, Bruce Hamer, smart grid program manager for Burbank Water and Power, which installed the stations.