City’s First Electric Vehicle Charging Station Opens to the Public at City Hall

ChargePoint founder and Chief Technical Officer Richard Lowenthal joined West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Nov. 14, to unveil the city’s first publicly owned and the Sacramento region’s 250thelectric vehicle (EV) charging station, doubling the number of regional charging stations from a year ago.

ChargePoint Founder Welcomes West Sacramento to EV Charging Network: ChargePoint’s Richard Lowenthal expresses congratulations to the City of West Sacramento for providing the first public charging station in the city.

The charging station located at the West Sacramento City Hall also marks more than 14,000 locations on the ChargePoint network – the world’s largest and most open EV charging network.

“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.”

In addition to hosting 250 publicly accessible charging stations, the Sacramento region is also home to nearly 2,000 EV owners – nearly three times as many registered electric vehicles than existed in 2012.

“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.”

Charge Station Ribbon Cutting: Officials cut the ribbon to open the City’s public charging station at City Hall. Pictured left to right, Mayor pro Tem Chris Ledesma; Raef Porter, SACOG; Vice Chancellor Beverly Sandeen, Los Rios Community College District; Denice Seals, President/CEO of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce; Mayor Christopher Cabaldon; ChargePoint founder and Chief Technical Officer Richard Lowenthal; and Councilmember Bill Kristoff.

“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.”

Students, staff and faculty at the Sacramento City College’s West Sacramento Center will also be able to benefit from the new charging station.

“The location is perfect – during the day, city workers and residents can use the station, while at night students, staff and faculty can be charging their vehicles,” said Beverly Sandeen, Vice Chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District, which includes the Sacramento City College West Sacramento Center.

The new charging station, the CT4000, is located at 1110 West Capitol Avenue and is currently available free of charge.

ChargePoint’s online service, with mobile applications for iPhone and Android, provides EV drivers with charging station locations and navigation tools.

City Hall ChargePoint Station.

To activate the charging station, EV users must register for an account to obtain the free ChargePoint card. Account details are available at http://www.chargepoint.com/

There are over 14,000 ChargePoint stations in 14 different countries and over 50,000 EV drivers are ChargePoint members. ChargePoint drivers have helped combat global warming by saving over 2.6 million gallons of gas and over 20 million lbs. of CO2 emissions.

About ChargePoint

ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with more than 14,000 charging locations and a 65%+ market share. Ranked #1 by leading independent research firm, Navigant Research, ChargePoint makes advanced hardware and best-in-class cloud based software. ChargePoint’s open network is utilized by many leading EV hardware makers and encourages all EV charging manufacturers to join. 

ChargePoint also manages the only mobile app that provides EV drivers with real-time information, including availability of charging locations throughout the nation. Every 11 seconds, a driver connects to a ChargePoint station and by initiating over 3 million charging sessions, ChargePoint drivers have saved over 2.6 million gallons of gasoline and avoided 20 million pounds of CO2 emissions. 

For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com.

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