Ventura, one of California’s most historic and picturesque coastal cites, is also known for being an environmentally friendly city. Beginning, March 1, 2012, the City of Ventura will also become a destination point on the electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure highway.
With the objective of promoting clean transportation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting downtown Ventura and it’s beautiful beaches as a destination point for EV drivers, the City’s Public Works Department applied for, and recently secured an award to receive ten EV charging stations.
The purchase and installation of the charging stations were provided at no cost to the City thanks to the ChargePoint America program offering charging stations for public use through a $15 million dollar grant funded by the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act administered by the U.S. Department of Energy Transportation Initiative.
Michael Chiacos, Program Transportation Specialist with the Community Environmental Council in Santa Barbara, originally notified the City about the DOE Energy Grant that was awarded to Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint America Program.
“We are very excited to be offering our city residents and visitors the opportunity to conveniently charge their electric vehicles at various locations around the city,” stated Mary Joyce Ivers, Fleet and Facilities Manager for the City of Ventura. “Ventura County has been identified as a strong geographic region for the electric vehicle market and we’re pleased to incorporate this electric vehicle program as part of our continued effort to make Ventura an environmental leader and a premier destination city.”
EV charging stations will be located at the following locations:
- Four stations at the Beachfront Parking Structure at 550 Harbor Boulevard
- Four stations at the Downtown Parking Structure at 555 Santa Clara Street
- Two at City Hall west upper parking lot at 501 Poli Street
Users of the stations will be charged $0.50 per hour to recoup the cost of the electricity used to charge the vehicles.
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