‘No charge for a charge’ Seaside's electric car chargers lead the way

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 04:56 PM.

The plug was installed last month and is the first in the county to have one. The next closest ones Rauschkolb knows of are one in Panama City and one in Destin.

"It will be good for Seaside guests who are inclined to drive down; a charging station should be available. It's our future," said Rauschkolb. "And, there is no charge for a charge. It's free."

The two chargers, which are specifically for cars, cost $4,400 to install.

At this time, Rauschkolb said there are no plans to install more.

"This will encourage those who have electric cars to come out and charge for free," he said.

Of those living in this area, though, Rauschkolb said he is only aware of two others who own electric cars. He owns two, a Leaf and a Tesla. He is 13,000 miles into his Tesla and said it is a real thrill to not pump gas.

"This is my second year to own a total electric car. Neither use gas. I will never buy another gas-powered car. I am saving $3-$4,000 a year in gas and it only costs me $400 in electricity to drive the Tesla. That is six times cheaper than buying gas. It saves money and lessens our carbon footprint," he said. 

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