Helix, SDG&E and the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove gathered yesterday to celebrate Helix’s new electric vehicle charging stations, which the district installed through SDG&E’s Power Your Drive program.

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Installing electric vehicle charging stations at our operations center and administration office is our latest cost control initiative. We received rebates of $5,500 from the State of California on each of the six Priuses we purchased over the last two years. They average over 75 miles per gallon and the district expects to save an additional $1,000 per vehicle per year in avoided fuel costs. Integrating electric vehicles into our vehicle fleet will accelerate when hybrid light-duty trucks become available.

But controlling costs isn’t our only motivation for going electric. Helix’s board of directors also wants this district to be part of the solution – to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the sustainability of the communities we serve and the sustainability of California’s water resources.

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Front to back: Helix board president Kathleen Hedberg, Helix director Mark Gracyk, Lemon Grove councilwoman Jennifer Mendoza, Helix director Dan McMillan, El Cajon deputy director of public works Yazmin Arellano, SDG&E electric vehicle customer solutions manager Lianna Rios and La Mesa analyst Jenny Lybeck. Arellano and Lybeck manage their city’s climate action plan.

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Helix board president Kathleen Hedberg giving an interview to News 8.

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Helix general manager Carlos Lugo (left) and facilities manager Joe Garuba, who initiated and managed the installation of the charging stations with SDG&E.

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SDG&E communications manager Helen Gao and electric vehicle customer solutions manager Lianna Rios.

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From left: Helix facilities manager Joe Garuba, operations director Kevin Miller, water quality and system operations director Brian Olney, administrative services director Jennifer Bryant and engineering director Jim Tomasulo.