It Begins: The Era of the Electric Car is Here on the Streets of San Francisco – Mind That Sidewalk Extension Cord

I’ll tell you, the value of a garage these days in the Greater Western Addition / NoPA is far greater than the value of any battery electric vehicle (BEV) you could imagine.

So that’s why you’ll soon be seeing more of this:

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(Now, it’s not widely known, but if you want to buy an electric car like a Nissan Leaf, you need to have your charging area approved first and that means that Nissan tells the local authorities and PG&E that you have an electric car. Anyway, no charging station, no car, I think.)

But there’s nothing stopping you from lending a hand (or a cord) to anybody who needs some juice.

Well, nothing so far.

I don’t think the militant pedestrian groups around town are going to like seeing this kind of sitch, but that’s just a guess.

Will San Francisco make special legislation about sidewalk extension cords, you know, to clear things up?

Stay tuned…

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7 Responses to “It Begins: The Era of the Electric Car is Here on the Streets of San Francisco – Mind That Sidewalk Extension Cord”

  1. Dave D. says:

    …It looks like a slow moving vehicle sign on the left rear of this vehicle, but it’s a fake, since the center isn’t orange, as required. So, does cvc 24615 and it’s 25mph or less speed requirement apply ? I don’t think so.
    ..Funny, as a ‘vehicular code ‘ kinda guy, I thought you’d have commented on that.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    I sort of noticed it, but I thought it a Euro thing…

    Maybe the car is some sort of 35 MPH max retirement home kind of golf cart? Wonder if it’s allowed on the freeway…

  3. Dave D. says:

    …Are you sure that’s a Nissan Leaf ? It doesn’t look at all like the Leaf in their ads. I don’t know anything about the origins or use of that triangle sign ( decal ? ) on the back. And I don’t know why it wouldn’t be allowed on the fwy. Motorcycles have a 15 bhp requirement, but cars don’t. You wouldn’t see me on a fwy in it, though.

  4. sfcitizen says:

    No it’s not a Leaf, but I used that as the most popular BEV.

    Just like as with the GM Impact (the who killed the electric car car that Gavin used to drive around town until he would run out of juice and then park in a bus zone), you need to qualify for purchase. Most poeple in SF don’t have garages so there’s no place for a home charger.

    I’ve never seen this kind of BEV

    Neighborhood Electric Vehicle – that’s the name for what I was suggesting…

    http://www.streetlegalcar.com/id15.html

  5. Dave D. says:

    …Your question about the electrical cord and SF making it legal, wow. I doubt if the shysters would go for a hold harmless law for such a trip hazard. The word sidewalk sorta says it all. And when that cord abrades and 110 volts cooks a cyclist or a kid who touches it? And the City said it was OK ? Lawyers will lining up clear to Denver to get a piece of that tort.
    …I’ve seen plenty of those NEV’s, but most were driven by bluehairs and prunenecks. And guys with white shoes. I even hooked a duece from one when he and his drunk buddies drove from Silverado golf course to a nearby liquor store for a reload. He claimed he was exempt. NOT. Driving on the wrong side of the road was his first indicator.

  6. sfcitizen says:

    No, I don’t how cool the city is with this kind of arrangement. But if your friend is visiting with a BEV, what else can you do if you don’t have a garage.

    There are cords like this in front of City Hall on Polk but they aren’t on the sidewalk…

  7. Dave D. says:

    …The city prolly has a muni ord against it, and the Streets and Highways code prohibits encroachments on State and County / City property without a permit. CalTrans gets more than a mite peckish about it. It’s been my experience that City and County enforcement of encroachments is spotty, and pretty much never against their own agencies. The few times I was in Manhattan, this kind of thing was rampant.
    ..Melvin Belli made his living off this kind of thing.

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