City unveils additional curbside EV chargers featuring art from local artists

The City, in partnership with EVgo, an electric vehicle (EV) charging station operator, has launched six additional curbside high-powered chargers for electric vehicles at 14th and E streets and 22nd and J streets. The chargers at 14th and E streets are currently available for use and the ones at 22nd and J streets are expected to be available by the end of October.

“I’m thrilled to welcome these new EVgo stations in my district,” said Councilmember Katie Valenzuela. “As we move toward a more sustainable future and shift away from fossil fuels as a City, we must remain focused on ensuring everyone has access to new technologies. These community charging stations will make it easier for people who cannot access charging at home to choose electric vehicles, including folks like me who live in a multifamily building.”

The six charging stations also feature vinyl art wraps produced by two local artists, Melissa Uroff and Yoly Petra Stoeve. The artists were selected through a competitive application process and reviewed by a panel that included community representation.

Artist Melissa Uroff chose to feature animals that have become endangered due to human activity on the 14th & E St. chargers. “Bluefin tuna have been extremely over fished, and the monarch butterfly population is critically low due to housing expansion, pollution and pesticide usage,” she said.

Depending on the vehicle, customers can expect to charge their vehicle up to 80 percent in 45 minutes to an hour. Each charging station serves all EV models on the road and both locations will also be equipped with integrated Tesla connectors.

The first curbside EV charging pilot launched in Sacramento in May 2019 at Southside Park and is one of EVgo’s most utilized stations in the country. Through the City’s collaboration with EVgo, there will be 12 curbside chargers available at 50-kilowatt or greater charging capacity.

“These exciting pilot projects are allowing the City to test and demonstrate the feasibility of curbside EV charging, which is still relatively new and can present unique considerations for implementation,” said Jenna Hahn, sustainability analyst with the City’s Department of Public Works.  “We are always looking for new ways to learn and expand access to both EVs and EV charging for Sacramento residents and businesses.”

Customers can initiate a charge with a credit card on the charger, EVgo RFID card or on the EVgo mobile app. Drivers can charge without an EVgo membership and use a credit card or sign up for an EVgo account to benefit from reduced rates and earn EVgo Rewards points toward free charging.

The program was paid for by EVgo to install, own and operate the chargers. More information can be found on the City’s website or by calling 916-808-1859.

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