In its effort to help municipalities get EV ready, EV Connect, a leading provider of electric vehicle infrastructure solutions, announced it has expanded modern electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities in Santa Monica, California with its installation of new, publicly-accessible EV charging stations at seven sites and numerous residences throughout the city. The new publicly-accessible stations are in high traffic locations, including Santa Monica Place Mall, Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Civic Center, and Santa Monica Airport. The stations are a result of EV Connect’s effort to improve California’s transportation infrastructure and support EV ownership as a viable transportation option.
“We’re pushing forward on all fronts in Santa Monica to make this a plug-in friendly city,” said Dean Kubani, manager of the Office of Sustainability and Environment, City of Santa Monica. “We’re leading the way and proactively looking at all avenues to create infrastructure support for alternatively-fueled vehicles. We’re pleased EV Connect helped make it easier for EV drivers to fuel up in Santa Monica.”
EV Connect is working on several state-funded infrastructure projects and has an exclusive agreement with Fisker Automotive to install and maintain home charging stations for Fisker owners and dealerships throughout North America. The company’s installation work is aimed at helping raise consumers’ range-confidence around EV ownership.
“As an EV owner, I appreciate the addition of publicly available charging stations anywhere they can be located. I live in Orange County and work in Santa Monica and so far have rarely been able to use the EV for my commute because of the distances involved—104-mile round trip. These Santa Monica stations will help make it possible for me to drive my cleanest car to work without worrying about whether I’ll have sufficient juice to make it home. As public charging stations become more common, EVs will become a viable option for more people. That’s a good thing,” said John O’Dell, a senior editor, at Edmunds.com.
“Santa Monica is a model city for the work it puts into meeting the needs of its workers and residents who operate EVs. We applaud the city’s focus on EV infrastructure and effort to remove barriers for future widespread EV adoption for those who live and visit their city,” said Jordan Ramer, CEO, EV Connect. “EV Connect is glad to help cities, property owners, workplaces and homeowners fulfill their commitments to environmental sustainability and improved transportation diversity.”
Source: EV Connect, Inc., CULVER CITY, California, January 25, 2012