San Francisco, California – The city of San Francisco has unveiled auto charging stations at its city hall. The stations are part of a two-year public demonstration and will power the city’s plug-in fleet and car-share plug-in vehicles.
The stations, called Smartlet Networked Charging Stations, are by electric vehicle infrastructure company Coulomb Technologies, and are part of the Bay Area’s regional electric vehicle initiative.
“Our goal is to transform the Bay Area into the EV capital of the United States, and a networked infrastructure is essential for the adoption of electric vehicles,” said San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom. “San Francisco is proud to be the first city to feature charging stations with technology to support our city’s clean electric fleet vehicles and car-share fleets.”
The charging network includes a Fleet Management Portal, with features such as interactive charts that summarize gasoline and greenhouse gases saved, displays of which vehicles are charging, which are fully charged, and which are overdue for charging. It also includes smartphone text messaging that alerts electric vehicle drivers when their cars need charging, and when they are fully charged or when charging has been interrupted.
As part of the press conference announcing the initiative, the car sharing program Zipcar launched a pilot program for plug-in hybrid vehicles in its Bay Area fleet, through a partnership with the city of San Francisco.