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UPDATE: Charge Your Electric Car in Napa Valley

Need to charge your electric car? There are several stations nearby to keep you topped off for your eco-friendly commute.

UPDATE: 11 am. Feb. 14, 2013. New charging station added in Napa Valley at Chateau Montelena.

 

ORIGINAL STORY, 5 a.m. Feb. 13, 2013.

There's no doubt Californians love their cars. The Golden State accounts for almost 10 percent of all car sales in the country, The Wall Street Journal reported recently.

If you're in the market for an electric vehicle, you'll certainly have your pick. With its laws incentivizing car manufacturers to go green, California has driven the push for eco-friendly transportation. 

Electric vehicles can provide up to three times the power conversion compared to their gas-powered counterparts and boast an engine that operates more quietly and requires less maintenance, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To top it off, buying an eco-friendly car can net you a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

Though electric cars are more energy-efficient, you can still travel up to three times as far in some internal-combustion vehicles. Another thing to consider is electric car batteries are expensive to replace and can take up to eight hours to charge.

Several car manufacturers offer eco-friendly vehicles, including Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Ford, Nissan, Tesla and Toyota.

Some manufacturers are establishing their own charging stations hoping to lure potential customers. Tesla has built a network of six solar-powered charging stations from L.A. to San Francisco, according to Car and Driver.

Whether you're looking to buy an electric car or you already own one, Napa Valley is full of service stations that will keep you charged for your emissions-free commute.   

Sure, you can charge your car at home, but why do so at your own expense?

Here is a list of local charging stations, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy. Stations offer Level 1 (120 volts) and Level 2 (240 volts) charging.

Chappellet Winery

1581 Sage Canyon Rd Saint Helena, CA 94574

Phone:888-758-4389
Fuel:Electric
Electric charging types:Level 1, Level 2

Napa County Transportation & Planning Agency

3416 Solano Ave Napa, CA 94558

Phone:888-758-4389
Fuel:Electric
Electric charging types:Level 1, Level 2

Napa County Transportation & Planning Agency

2000 Redwood Rd Napa, CA 94558

Phone:888-748-4389
Fuel:Electric
Electric charging types:Level 1, Level 2

HALL Saint Helena

401 Saint Helena Hwy S Saint Helena, CA 94574

Phone:707-967-2630 888-998-2546
Fuel:Electric
Electric charging types:Level 2

Napa Premium Outlets

629 Napa Factory Stores Dr Napa, CA 94558

Phone:707-226-9876 800-663-5633
Fuel:Electric
Electric charging types:Level 2

Clif Family Winery at Velo Vino

709 Main St Saint Helena, CA 94574

Phone:707-968-0625 888-998-2546
Fuel:Electric
Electric charging types:Level 2

City of Sonoma

152 E Napa St Sonoma, CA 95476

Phone:888-758-4389
Fuel:Electric
Electric charging types:Level 1, Level 2

Napa Nissan

510 Soscol Ave Napa, CA 94559

Phone:707-253-1551
Fuel:Electric
Electric charging types:Level 2

Benziger Family Winery

1883 London Ranch Rd Glen Ellen, CA 95442

Phone:707-935-3000 888-998-2546
Fuel:Electric
Electric charging types:Level 2

Gasser Building

433 Soscol Ave Napa, CA 94559

Phone:888-758-4389
Fuel:Electric
Electric charging types:Level 2
Chateau Montelena
1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga.

707-942-5105

Fuelelectric
Type of chargersLevel 2also, newly installed: Blink DC Fast Charger, charges most EV batteries completely in less than one hour.

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Mike Treleven February 13, 2013 at 04:55 PM
This is good information. I am planning on getting an electric car in 2015. I think by then most of the bugs will have been worked out.
Harold Edwards February 14, 2013 at 04:52 PM
How long of a extension cord would I need if I was driving down to LA ?
Brian Baker February 14, 2013 at 06:22 PM
They have a fast charge unit, (480 volt, three phase) that can do a full charge on a Volt in under an hour
Karl Voigt February 14, 2013 at 09:31 PM
What does ,"....three times the power conversion .." mean ??? In that the original electricity which goes into the battery is 99% created by burning conventional fossil fuels, wouldn't a true carbon foot print of a battery powered electric car be bigger than say a CNG car ???? When you consider: 1. The electricity comes from burning fossil fuels. Inefficiency losses maybe more than 25% 2. Transmission losses from Fossil fuel power plant to charging station = ??% 3. Conversion losses from battery to electric motor = ???% The kinds of distortions and half truths in this article do nothing but harm to the cause of better cleaner transportation.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 18, 2013 at 01:42 AM
What would a charge cost in powr bill dollars

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