We recently found out that 5 percent of people living in Santa Clara own an electric vehicle, and a whopping 31 percent say they will consider an EV sometime in the next 3 years. Growth in EVs has been steady, and we know that the need is rising for charging stations necessary to keep them moving. We’ve stepped up support for EVs by installing 48 Level 2 ChargePoint charging spaces at the Tasman parking garage serving the Mission College/Tasman area, Santa Clara Convention Center, and Levi’s Stadium.
The new stations recently went live on the first two levels of the garage, and are in addition to the EV chargers available at the Santa Clara Central Library and at Santa Clara City Hall. The charging speeds of chargers differ:
- Level 1, 110 volts, is slow
- Level 2, 220 volts, is faster
- Level 3, 480 volts, is fastest
One Level 3 charger is also available at the Tasman parking structure.
We partnered with the California Energy Commission, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Joint Venture Silicon Valley to make the project possible. Although most of the project was funded by grants, a fee is charged at the EV charging stations to cover the balance of the installation costs and power. Navigant Research estimates that there will be 140,000 EVs on California roads by the end of the year, so we’ll be keeping an eye on the growing local demand for charging stations.
Along with current EV carmakers like Nissan, Ford, Chevrolet and Kia, companies like Audi, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz are planning to join Tesla in the luxury EV market in the next few years, according to the California Air Resources Board.