ChargePoint and the City of Sacramento announced that the City has reached a significant milestone with more than 100 electric vehicle (EV) 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, according to the City.
“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, and city-owned garages throughout the downtown Sacramento have all joined the world’s largest EV charging network.
The City of Sacramento and ChargePoint celebrated April 16 with a media event at Cathedral Square in downtown Sacramento. Speakers included: Richard Lowenthal, founder and CTO of ChargePoint; Angelique Ashby, vice mayor for the 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.”