Electric vehicle charging station installed
The City of Rohnert Park installed its first electric vehicle charging station on Wednesday, Nov. 21, in the City Center Plaza parking lot, at 6250 Lynne Conde Way. The station should be available for use in a couple of weeks, according to the city’s energy coordinator/project manager Johnny Chung.
The station and its management are funded by a $37 million ChargePoint America Energy Grant, sponsored by Coulomb Technologies. The program is made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered through the Department of Energy.
Users will be charged an estimated $1.75 for the 1st hour and $1.25 per hour after that.
Chung said the city doesn’t know how many electric car owners live in Rohnert Park, but the goal is to create a network of charging stations throughout the county, potentially attracting “visitors outside the county who drive electric vehicles,” he said.
Another incentive is the amendment to AB 1493, which mandates a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in new passenger vehicles from 2012 through 2016. New regulations are expected to reduce emissions from California passenger vehicles by about 22 percent in 2012 and about 30 percent in 2016, according to the California Environmental Protection Agency.
The ChargePoint America project will also collect data about vehicle use and charging patterns. For more info, visit chargepointamerica.com.