SMUD Opens Fast-Charge Station for Electric Vehicle Fleet

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has debuted a new electric vehicle (EV) fast-charge station at its campus on 6151 S. St., just west of the SMUD headquarters building in East Sacramento, Calif.

SMUD says the pilot project's technology charges most fast-charge EVs in less than 30 minutes. The station also features 19 conventional low-voltage EV chargers, as well as the only fast charger in the region with dual capability to accommodate most types of EVs manufactured by domestic and foreign automakers, SMUD notes.

The company says this station is one of the world's first commercial installations of certified DC fast-charge hardware that meets new industry standards and is one of the first fast-charge stations in the U.S. installed by a utility.

The station is a joint SMUD, General Motors and U.S. Department of Energy project, and funding comes from the sale of carbon credits.

SMUD currently operates 15 plug-in EVs and will be purchasing nine additional vehicles by the end of the year. Long-term fleet deployment plans include an increase of the fleet to 54 EVs by 2017.

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