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Innovation Economy

Charging an electric car in Boston can be free, easy

Two things are almost never free in the life of an urban motorist: parking and fuel. So when I started to hear buzz among electric vehicle drivers in Boston and Cambridge that they were enjoying both, I had to check it out. On a drizzly day last week, I hopped into a white BMW coupe — one of 700 all-electric vehicles the company has leased to US drivers — and started hunting for these mythical free parking spots and complimentary charging stations.

The streets of Boston aren’t exactly clogged with electric cars. But in asking around, I found a handful of people who routinely look for a place to plug in — from venture capitalist Ric Fulop, who drives a Tesla Roadster (base price: $109,000), to ­Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, who drives a Fisker Karma (base price: $96,000).

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