(SANTA CLARA) KRON — Santa Clara officials celebrated the opening of California’s largest public electric vehicle-charging center.
On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. the celebration started at the station in Tasman Parking Garage, located near the Santa Clara Convention Center, Levi’s Stadium and California Great America.
The station has 48 level two chargers and 1 DC fast charger. Level two chargers typically take several hours to charge a vehicle, depending on the number of batteries in the vehicle and how much charge they need, according to Silicon Valley Power’s manager of customer services, Larry Owens.
An attractive aspect of the charging station is that drivers can park their vehicle, attend an event at the convention center or Great America, and the vehicle will be charged when the driver gets back.
Officials from Silicon Valley Power, the Electric Power Research Institute, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, ChargePoint, and MJR Electric, together obtained a $393,000 grant that paid for the construction and equipment for the station.
ChargePoint makes the charging stations while MJR Electric connected all the wires, according to Owens. Joint Venture Silicon Valley brings together local leaders to solve problems in Silicon Valley.
City crews installed the equipment, according to city officials. The costs to operate the station are expected to come from the fees drivers pay to charge their vehicles, typically between $1.00 and $3.00 per session.
Santa Clara has 16 other electric vehicle charging stations. Six are at the convention center and 10 are at Levi’s Stadium.Bay City News contributed to this report.