News release: More than 75 new electric vehicle charging stations to soon “power up” at Santa Clara parks and other public spaces this year alone
Santa Clara City Council approves agreement for up to 300 new EV charging installations coming to city over five-year period
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Today, the City Council unanimously approved an agreement with National Car Charging LLC (NCC) for the installation of up to 300 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout Santa Clara for public use. The five-year-long project will update the City’s existing EV infrastructure and “power up” public places such as parks, libraries and community centers with new EV chargers.
“We need to continue to think of progressive ways to help strengthen and repair our environment,” said Manuel Pineda, Chief Utility Officer and Assistant City Manager “Electric vehicles will not only create future jobs for supporting a resilient economy, but also reduce pollution and result in cleaner streets.”
The first installation phase of 77 new EV chargers will be completed this year. The rest of the EV charging installations is scheduled to be completed within five years.
The City is also moving forward with the purchase of four new electric vehicles to replace older, higher emission vehicles. These electric vehicles will feature special branding to encourage and support electric vehicle use. More details will be unveiled soon about how the community can help select the preferred vehicle wrap design.
This project, which cannot exceed $2 million, is funded by Silicon Valley Power’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard program and greenhouse gas reduction funds.
On June 25, 2019, the City Council approved the EV Ready Communities Blueprint that established priorities and created an action plan to set Santa Clara’s EV future in motion. On July 2, 2019, the City adopted its new Green Fleet Policy to make every effort to purchase and use the lowest emission vehicles such as alternative-fuel, electric vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles.
The following priorities have been identified in the City’s EV Ready Community Blueprint:
- Multi-unit dwelling accessibility
- Low-Income Charging and Disadvantaged Community accessibility
- City owned site charger infrastructure
- City fleet electrification
These priorities help pave the way to ensure that the City can support sustainability and the demand for public access to charging stations as well as facilitate the Green Fleet Policy through City Fleet electrification.
Over the last several years, the City and the State of California have developed significant goals related to expanding the availability of EV chargers to encourage transportation electrification goals and help the City meet greenhouse gas emission reduction targets of 55% by 2035. The California Energy Commission EV model shows a projected increase of more than 24,000 EVs in Santa Clara by 2030.
About the City of Santa Clara
Located at the heart of Silicon Valley about 45 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Santa Clara truly is “The Center of What’s Possible.” Incorporated in 1852, Santa Clara covers an area of 19.3 square miles with an estimated population of 129,498. Santa Clara is home to an extraordinary array of high-tech companies, including Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nvidia, Oracle, and Ericsson. The City of Santa Clara is also home to Santa Clara University, California’s Great America Theme Park, and Levi’s® Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and SB50. For more information, go to SantaClaraCA.gov.
About Silicon Valley Power
Silicon Valley Power (SVP) is the trademark adopted for use by the not‑for‑profit electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA, serving residents and businesses for over 120 years. SVP provides power to nearly 55,000 customers, at rates 25 to 48 percent below neighboring communities. SVP is the only full-service, vertically integrated publicly owned utility in Silicon Valley, owning generation, transmission and distribution assets. See more at: SiliconValleyPower.com.
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