Nov 272013
 
  West Sacramento mayor Christopher Cabaldon connects an electric car in front of the media on Thursday. He was using the brand-new charging station behind city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue. The mayor -- and most of the local officials who shared the podium with him at the event -- owns an electric car.  (News-Ledger photo)

West Sacramento mayor Christopher Cabaldon connects an electric car in front of the media on Thursday. He was using the brand-new charging station behind city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue. The mayor — and most of the local officials who shared the podium with him at the event — owns an electric car.
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 20, 2013 –

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon joined Chief Technical Officer Richard Lowenthal of ChargePoint and other local officials on Thursday, Nov. 14, to cut the ribbon at a new charging station for electric vehicles (EVs). The new station is in the parking lot at West Sacramento city hall.

It’s the 250th such station owned by ChargePoint in the Sacramento area, and joins more than  14,000 other locations in the company’s international network.

The charging station is located next to a couple of specially-marked spaces in the city hall parking lot. For now, anyone with an electric vehicle and a free account can use it.  (Photo courtesy of City of West Sacramento and ChargePoint)

The charging station is located next to a couple of specially-marked spaces in the city hall parking lot. For now, anyone with an electric vehicle and a free account can use it.
(Photo courtesy of City of West Sacramento and ChargePoint)

“The Sacramento region is making great strides in electric vehicle adoption, and as an EV owner, Mayor Cabaldon is leading by example,” said Lowenthal. “Today’s installation at City Hall will not only benefit city residents and city workers, but it will help the surrounding businesses attract EV drivers as well.”

ChargePoint reports that the region is home to almost 2,000 owners of EVs — more than triple the number from last year.

“While this is our first city owned EV charging station, it is certainly not our last,” said Mayor Cabaldon. “Electric vehicles make sense – they are green, fun to drive, save money, reduce commute times with access to HOV lanes, and are good for business. Along with ChargePoint, West Sacramento is prepared to lead the way and promote widespread adoption of EVs throughout the region.”

“This is a win-win-win for West Sacramento,” said Denice Seals, President/CEO of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. “By installing the ChargePoint station at City Hall we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide EV charging for city workers and visitors, and we create an added incentive to shop at our local businesses.”

The station was installed at ChargePoint’s expense, a city spokesman told the News-Ledger.

“The location is perfect – during the day, city workers and residents can use the station, while at night students, staff and faculty (from Sacramento City College across the street) can be charging their vehicles,” said Beverly Sandeen, Vice Chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District.   (visit www.chargepoint.com).

The City of West Sacramento and ChargePoint contributed to this report.

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Steve Marschke

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