Sacramento, Calif. April 16, 2013 ChargePoint and the City of Sacramento today announced that the City has reached a significant milestone with more than 100 electric vehicle charging stations installed in and around the California State Capitol. Many of the 100 installed EV charging stations were made possible by a State and Federal grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission. This project has served to accelerate the development and production of electric vehicles to substantially reduce petroleum consumption, reduce greenhouse gas production, and create jobs. There are more than 500 electric vehicles registered in Sacramento including the Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Volt, Prius Plug-in and Ford Focus Electric. Public electric vehicle charging infrastructure has made it possible for Sacramento to migrate to a cleaner form of transportation.
“Today’s milestone is emblematic of the city of Sacramento and the region’s commitment to encouraging our residents and businesses to be eco-friendly,” said Mayor Kevin Johnson. “Being green both helps our environment by cutting carbon emissions and creating economic development opportunities that often translate into more jobs and more revenue to our region.”
To support the growing number of EV drivers, many public parking garages, businesses and retail locations have EV charging stations in the Sacramento-area. Organizations and businesses including Walgreens locations throughout the area, the Roseville Galleria, the Old Sacramento School House, Capitol Mall shopping center, Renaissance Building, Esquire Plaza, Capitol Garage, Ace Parking, city-owned garages throughout the downtown Sacramento have all joined the world’s largest EV charging network.
On Tuesday, April 16, at 10:00 am the City of Sacramento and ChargePoint will celebrate with a media event at Cathedral Square in downtown Sacramento. Speakers include: Richard Lowenthal, founder and CTO of ChargePoint, Angelique Ashby, Vice Mayor City of Sacramento, Julia Burrows, Greenwise Joint Venture and Christine Kehoe, Executive Director PEV Collaborative.
“Early in 2010, before any mainstream plug-in electric vehicle had been introduced, both the Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission allocated funding for public electric vehicle charging infrastructure,” said Pat Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint. “The investment provided thousands of public Level 2 EV charging stations throughout the United States, thousands of charging stations in California, and more than 100 in Sacramento. That infrastructure is fueling local adoption of EVs, with more than 500 EVs registered in Sacramento to date.”
For EV drivers, ChargePoint-enabled locations are included on all ChargePoint mobile phone applications for iPhone and Android. These ChargePoint mobile apps provide an easy way to locate stations near any specified address, get turn-by-turn directions, and start and stop a charging session directly from a smart phone. Additionally, these apps allow drivers to utilize ChargePoint’s station reservation feature. Drivers can locate reservable stations, and then make, view and cancel a reservation directly from a smart phone.
ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently owned EV charging stations operating in 14 countries. ChargePoint provides everything an EV station owner needs to deliver turnkey electric vehicle charging services in their parking lots. For drivers, ChargePoint provides state-of-the-art features including the ability to locate, reserve and navigate to unoccupied charging stations with online tools and mobile applications. ChargePoint locations may be found online and are included on the free ChargePoint mobile applications for iPhone and Android. The ChargePoint network is open to all charging station manufacturers. Visit www.chargepoint.com for more information. Follow ChargePoint on Twitter @chargepointnet.