Ready? Set? Plug in!

New electric vehicle charging stations were announced last week in two locations — in the city of Tracy, and at New Melones Lake.

Not that those places have anything to do with each other. But the separate announcements show how progress is being made, albeit slowly, forming a network of charging stations across the region.

The New Melones stations (there are two of them) are the first to be made available at any U.S. Bureau of Reclamation facilities, the bureau said. The stations are at the Glory Hole Recreation Area’s Ironhorse Campground, and at the Tuttletown Recreation Area’s Lupine Day Use Area.

You have to pay a user fee like anyone else who visits these areas, but aside from that, the charging stations are free. What’s more, they’ll charge at the fastest of three levels (480 volts), meaning you can “fill ‘er up” in about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Tracy Press reports that a new charging station is available at the Tracy Transit Station, 50 E. Sixth St. It’s a Level 2 charger, so it’s not quite as powerful as the New Melones station. Still, it should allow people to plug in while visiting downtown stores and restaurants.

Of course, the San Joaquin County Office of Education installed public chargers in south Stockton a couple of years ago.

There’s still an awful lot of empty space out there, if you own an electric vehicle. (Search for “Stockton” on this website, and you’ll see what I mean.)

But slowly, it seems, things are picking up speed. The more charging stations there are, the less range anxiety EV pioneers experience on our roadways.

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