350Green unveils first public retail DC quick charger in California; Stanford Shopping Center unit first of 25 planned in Bay Area
350Green, a developer of electric vehicle (EV) charging station networks, unveiled its first public retail fast charging station in the State of California. The fast charger is located at the Stanford Shopping Center.
350Green also announced plans to install 24 additional public fast chargers at multiple high-traffic retail locations throughout the Bay Area, for a total of 25 stations. A fast charger can fully charge current electric cars in less than 30 minutes. The chargers are made by Efacec USA, Inc.; the Efacec DC quick charger 50kw (QC 50) is compliant with IEC 61851-1 and CHAdeMO standards.
The fast charger was funded in part by a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) as part of its “Spare the Air” program. This program also aims to make driving an electric vehicle 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.
The City of Palo Alto and installer John Ryan Company, Inc., also helped make the first fast charger possible.
Before charging an electric car with one of the 350Green’s fast-chargers, drivers must purchase a payment card from 350Green. The $21 card includes three 30-minute sessions good for use at the fast charging stations. 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.