Campbell, Calif. – Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint, the world's largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, joined California Governor Jerry Brown at today's signing of Senate Bill 350. This landmark legislation is committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through new and expanded policies promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and the electrification of transportation. Romano issued the following statement:
"ChargePoint applauds Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin De Leon and the California State Legislature for continuing to expand California's commitment to cleaner air and a more sustainable future. The passage and signing of SB 350 prove once again that California is the nation's leader in the fight against climate change, and ChargePoint is proud to have been among those championing this important issue.
"From utilities to automakers, private corporations to government entities, we all have a role to play in lowering our state's greenhouse gas emissions. Encouraging drivers to make the switch to zero-emission electric vehicles is a critical part of that effort, and SB 350 will go a long way to support that transition by increasing access to EV charging stations, including in disadvantaged communities throughout the state.
"SB 350 is a giant step forward for California and the entire country must follow our lead. As a proud California-born company and an industry leader, ChargePoint looks forward to continuing to work with our elected officials, the California Public Utilities Commission and with stakeholders across the state to implement this ambitious and important state policy"
To meet aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals, SB 350 specifically requires California electric utilities to invest in EV charging infrastructure and support EV adoption in a way that leverages private-sector funding, protects competition and allows consumers choices in equipment and services. ChargePoint has consistently supported Gov. Brown's commitment to expanding the EV industry in California and legislative efforts to support EV adoption.
ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with more than 24,000 charging locations. Ranked #1 by leading independent research firm, Navigant Research, ChargePoint makes advanced hardware and best-in-class cloud based software. ChargePoint's open network is utilized by many leading EV hardware makers and encourages all EV charging manufacturers to join.
More than 260 million gas-free miles have been driven on our network, and our drivers have collectively avoided more than 11 million gallons of gas and 36 million kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions.
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