PALO ALTO: ELECTRIC STAR ... Palo Alto is a city that likes to be a leader, or at least, say that it's a leader when it comes to all things green. It marked another notch on its sustainability belt Monday with a small, ribbon-cutting gathering at Mollie Stone's grocery store on California Avenue. An electric-car charging station, which has actually been there for months, was officially unveiled in the gourmet market's parking lot. As a smattering of attendees jostled to be ever-closer to the tent, from which speakers touted the charging station, and ever-further from the cars that were backing out of parking spaces just feet from where they huddled, one speaker gave Palo Alto electric-vehicle accolades. Mike DiNucci, vice president of sales for ChargePoint, the maker of the Mollie Stone's charger, said that based on numbers Chargepoint independently collected, California is No. 1 in the number of electric vehicles on the road. No surprise there. He went on to say, however, that if Palo Alto were a state it would be No. 5 in electric vehicles. That's good news for Palo Alto's green pride, surely. DiNucci went on to say that Mollie Stone's, which is offering the first hour of charging free, might get some financial green for its support of green cars. "Data shows that when a retailer has the vision to put charging station for guests and customers, then they might stay longer and take an extra trip down the aisle," he said.
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