Fremont, Calif., Adds Eight EV Chargers to Meet Growing Demand

Posted by Lauren Tyler on May 12, 2016 No Comments
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The Fremont Chamber of Commerce says it has partnered with the City of Fremont, Prologis Inc., Gridscape Solutions and Delta Products Corp. to install two new dual-port direct current (DC) fast-charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) on the corner of Fremont Boulevard and Warren Avenue. In addition, six Level 2 dual-port charging stations have been installed within Bayside Business Park.

According to a release from the Chamber of Commerce, Fremont – the home of Tesla Motors – has rebated more EVs than any other ZIP code in California, and the city is home to approximately one-third (32%) of all EV drivers within Alameda County.

The release asserts that the EV charger installation project, funded by the California Energy Commission Grant, is part of a larger effort to build a citywide infrastructure of public EV charging stations that can accommodate Fremont’s growing number of EV drivers.

The new charging stations and the open payment processing kiosks have been operational since Dec. 1, 2015. The release says that the Level 2 chargers are able to recharge a vehicle in two to three hours, whereas the DC Quick Chargers, supplied by Delta Products Corp., are able to fully recharge an electric car battery in as little as 15 to 30 minutes. The chargers are equipped with both SAE “Combo” and CHAdeMO ports and can achieve a power conversion efficiency of 94%.

Vipul Gore, CEO and founder of Gridscape Solutions – the company that managed the project – predicts that by its third year of operation, this project is estimated to divert 133,000 kilograms of greenhouse-gas emissions annually, replace approximately 957,000 conventional vehicle miles with EV miles, save 40,000 gallons of fuel annually, and generate significant revenue for both Prologis and Gridscape.

With this latest installation, EV owners now have the option to charge up at a total of 26 different DC fast-charging ports and 56 Level 2 charging ports within Fremont.

“Fremont is a major traffic corridor for the Bay Area, with vehicles flowing in from I-880, I-680 and the Dumbarton Bridge. The EV charging stations provide Fremont’s 3,915 electric car owners, as well as commuters, with a quick and convenient method to charge their cars while working or exploring the city,” says Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison.

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