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Santa Clara Library Unveils Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Posted Date: 5/10/2013

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - May 10, 2013 – The Santa Clara City Library and the local electric vehicle (EV) community will celebrate the dedication of two new EV charging stations tomorrow, made possible by a collaborative effort between the library, ECOtality, Inc. and Silicon Valley Power (SVP), the City of Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility. The easy-to-use Blink EV charging stations at the library on Homestead Rd. 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 a ChargePassTM pre-paid card.

“This is a wonderful example of the Library’s role as a community gathering place,” said Mary Boyle, Adult Services Librarian for the city library at Central Park. “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 Level 2 charger in the parking garage and Level 3 station just outside the library can accommodate two vehicles each.

“Not only is driving an EV significantly less expensive than driving a conventional gas car, but EV’s in the city of Santa Clara prevent an average of over 8,600 pounds of CO2 emissions each year that would otherwise come from gas vehicles,” said Larry Owens, SVP Manager of Customer Services. “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.”

The library EV charger project was primarily funded via a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to ECOtality of San Francisco and its the nationwide EV Project. The grant covered the cost of the charging stations and a portion of the costs to install them. SVP provided the balance of the installation cost.

The dedication ceremony will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow (May 11) at the Santa Clara Library at 2635 Homestead Rd.

About Silicon Valley Power
Silicon Valley Power is the trademark adopted for use by the not-for-profit electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA serving residents and businesses for over 100 years. SVP provides power to more than 50,000 customers, including Applied Materials, Intel, Owens Corning and Yahoo!, at rates 15 to 45 percent below neighboring communities.

Mary Boyle, Santa Clara City Library

Larry Owens, Silicon Valley Power 
Tel: 408.621.5873

Dan Beerman, City of Santa Clara
Tel: 408.615.2228

Agency Contact:
Tom Mertens
Email: Tel: 408.234.6881