Library Unveils Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
By Robert Haugh
Celebrating the dedication of two electric vehicle charging stations at the Central Park Library, dozens of Bay Area electric vehicle owners joined Mayor Jamie Matthews, and Council Members Pat Kolstad and Teresa O’Neill as they symbolically cut a gasoline hose on May 11.
The Blink EV charging stations (www.blinknetwork.com) provide electricity at both Level 3 (480-volt DC fast charging) and Level 2 (208/240-volt AC charging) power levels, and will accept either credit cards or ChargePass pre-paid cards. The Level 2 charger located in the parking garage and the Level 3 station outside the library can accommodate two vehicles each.
The Blink DC Fast Chargers features include: mobile-phone based payment options and credit card payments, advertising revenue and messaging opportunities, LCD touch screen display with intuitive interface, CHAdeMO compliant EV connector - the most widely used connector for fast-charge-capable electric vehicles worldwide - docking connector which prevents accidental disconnection and de-energizes when not in use or incorrectly connected, a cable that can withstand being driven over by a vehicle, certified energy and demand metering and is capable of providing a full charge in less than 30 minutes.
“This is a wonderful example of the library’s role as a community gathering place,” said Mary Boyle, Adult Services Librarian, Central Park Library. “Library patrons can charge their cars while taking a computer class or attending a gardening or financial literacy program. A multi-tasking mother might charge the car while the children are at a program and she is finding out about electronic books.”
The City also has 24 EV chargers at the new Tasman parking structure.
Larry Owens, Silicon Valley Power’s Manager of Customer Services states electric vehicles in Santa Clara prevent an average of over 8,600 pounds of CO2 emissions each year that would otherwise come from gas vehicles. “The combination of SVP’s clean electricity and continued push for these infrastructure improvements provides an increasingly positive experience for EV owners in Santa Clara.”
Several members of the SF Bay LEAF owners attended the ceremony, with over two dozen electric vehicles attending, including at least 13 Nissan Leafs, two Mitsubishi iMEVs, one RAV4 and one Tesla Model S.
A U.S. Department of Energy grant to ECOtality (http://www.ecotality.com/) primarily funded the project. ECOtality is a San Francisco based company with a mission of developing and commercializing environmentally friendly energy systems and solutions that address today’s global energy challenge. The grant covered the cost of the charging stations and a portion of the installation costs. Silicon Valley Power funded the balance of the installation cost.
SVP (siliconvalleypower.com) is Santa Clara’s 100-year-old, not-for-profit electric utility, serving electric power to more than 50,000 customers, at rates 15 to 45 percent below neighboring communities.