PALO ALTO, Calif. - 350Green LLC announced last week the first public retail fast charging station for electric vehicles (EV) in the state of California.
Located at the Stanford Shopping Center, the company also announced plans to install 24 additional public 360Green fast chargers at multiple high-traffic retail locations throughout the Bay Area, for a total of 25 stations. A fast charger can fully charge an EV in under 30 minutes.
"Fast chargers make a big impact on an electric car driver's mobility," said Mariana Gerzanych, 350Green's co-founder and CEO. "By installing this first of many fast chargers throughout the Bay Area, we are helping to make it as easy and convenient to charge your EV as going to the cash machine or gas station."
Stanford Shopping Center customers are now able to choose between using the new fast charger (located in the Lower Level Parking deck off Quarry Road, between Macy's and Bloomingdale's) or one of the existing 350Green Level 2 chargers (located in the Lower Level Parking Deck off Orchard Lane between Macy's and Bloomingdale's).
The fast charger unveiled last week was funded in part by a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District as part of its "Spare the Air" program. This program also aims to make driving an EV in the Bay Area a viable option for individuals. The installation of all 25 fast chargers is scheduled to be complete by the fall of 2012.
Before charging an EV with one of the 350Green's fast-chargers, drivers must purchase a payment card from 350Green, a $21 card that includes three 30-minute sessions. Alternately, drivers can "top off" at one of the two Level 2 stations in one to two hours for free for an introductory time period, after which 350Green will offer various pricing plans.
In late March, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and representatives from the Illinois Tollway, 350Green LLC and 7-Eleven Inc. announced the availability of the nationï¿½ï¿½s largest network of fast-charging EV stations.