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

Steve Marschke

  One Response to “A place to plug it in: West Sacramento city hall gets a vehicle charging station”

  1. While I am glad W. Sacramento has another public EV charger (EVSE), this piece reads like it was only put in to service the Mayor’s needs (‘Good-for-me, and not-for-thee’).

    The EVSE is a newer Coulomb/Chargepoint model (CT4000) that has dual Level-2 (l2) 6kW j1772 connectors/couplers. Though the image did not show it, there must be another EV parking spot to the right of the image so as to use the right hand side j1772 coupler. A plugin (that term is used for both an EV and a plug-in-hybrid phev/pih) that has a 3kW on-board charger will take from 4 to 8 hours to fully recharge, and half that time if the plugin has a 6kW on-board charger (the more they spend, the more they get). Typically, setting public EVSE to a per kiloWatt use fee is best for the City and for the driver (drivers have no problem paying for a fairly priced charge).

    That means there are only two spots. As usual with new Chargepoint installations, it is not on their website yet. The Fed Gov’s and Plugshare sites do (those are the EVSE finder sites/apps I use most)
    http://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/places/53409
    http://api.plugshare.com/view/location/20519

    The piece reads like the public EVSE will service more than his needs, but there are not that many businesses nearby. See
    http://goo.gl/maps/zKsaI
    anyone parking in those spots over night had better be sure to move before the Mayor comes (else what those plugins will be towed away? – possibly there will be signage stating the EVSE’s use limitations).

    If you look at what public EVSE there is in W. Sacramento, see
    http://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/results?utf8=%E2%9C%93&location=1110+W+Capitol+Ave%E2%80%8E+West+Sacramento%2C+CA+95691&filtered=true&fuel=ELEC&owner=all&payment=all&ev_level2=true&radius=true&radius_miles=2
    there isn’t that much.

    The piece mentions the Mayor talks about more public EVSE being installed. I seriously hope that the City Gov. takes the time to do the job right. Like knowing that plugin drivers need to l2 charge where they are going to be for 2 or more hours to make it worth their while. City Hall is not such a location.

    But near Walmart, or the Home Depot is. And their parking lots have easy access off major highways. That will bring more ‘electric driving’ business. That may sound silly/odd but already in WA and OR where they have a well established public EVSE infrastructure, that is what businesses are focused on (what can they do to draw in ‘electric driving customers’).

    While the City could look at DMV and SMUG record to know who drives electric in W. Sacramento, they should be planning on ‘drop in’ business off the highways. Drivers use Level-3 (l3) quick charging to go long distances. Currently there is a l3 in Vacaville, and Folsom. SMUD has already stated they will be putting more l3 along other highways in their territory.

    What could be better than plugging in an EV spot in that shopping complex and spending hours eating, shopping, and more? (that is the idea).

    So, Mr. Mayor install your next public EVSE not where you work but where driver want to go.
    And please give some thought to working with SMUD and the Apt. & Motel complexes to install public EVSE access for them as well (remember anyone can drive a car without having a garage, it takes wisdom to plan public EVSE for those that do not have a garage).
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