The parking garage across from Levi’s stadium was the place to be April 20, for the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for 49 new electric charging stations. Yes, of course, it had to be 49.
In opening remarks, Jan Pepper, Silicon Valley Power, commented that it is more than charging
stations, the project also includes battery storage and a 370 kW solar system to provide the electricity.
Russell Hancock, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, added that transportation represents 45% of our region’s greenhouse gas emissions, so we must move to electric vehicles, and the confidence provided by charging stations is important to that effort.
Mark Duvall, Electric Power Research Institute, pointed out that this is a demonstration project too, testing an open networking protocol that allows all charging station apps to connect and participate. Another point, most electric vehicles are charged at home and only need a charging station for a small, but very important, percentage of that charging time. Finally, he made the point that the cost of providing electric charging stations is reasonable, it is coming down, and it will likely be less expensive than hydrogen fuel, a promising approach, but one that will require building a vast new supply infrastructure.
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By the way, charging stations will be available every day, not just for Game Day!