For Immediate Release: April 11, 2017

SMUD unveils electric vehicle fast-charge station at Nugget Markets location in Elk Grove

Drivers can charge up to 80 percent of their car's battery in less than 30 minutes

Story:
SMUD announced today the launch of a new public electric vehicle (EV) fast-charge station conveniently located at the Nugget Markets store in Elk Grove.

By using technology that charges vehicles at 480 volts—four times that of a standard household outlet—fast-charge-capable vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Spark EV, BMW i3 and others can fill up about 80 percent of their batteries in 30 minutes or less. By building a fast-charge station at the Nugget Markets location, Elk Grove EV drivers will be able to conveniently charge their EVs while they shop.

Date:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Location:
Nugget Markets
7101 Elk Grove Boulevard, Elk Grove, CA 95758

(Ample parking is available onsite.)

Visuals:
EV fast-charger; demonstration of fast-charge technology; SMUD Nissan Leaf EV

Interviews:
SMUD electric vehicle experts; SMUD Director Genevieve Shiroma; Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) representative; Nugget Markets representative

Background:
This is the sixth EV fast-charge station SMUD has launched in its service territory. In 2014, SMUD opened the first public EV fast-charge station in the area at the electric utility’s headquarters on the 6200-block of S Street in Sacramento. Since then, SMUD has opened five additional fast-charge stations at convenient locations throughout the region.

The "cost-per-gallon" gasoline equivalent to charge an electric vehicle on a fast charger is about $2 per “gallon.” And when EV drivers charge from home with SMUD’s special electric vehicle rate, they’ll pay around 60 cents equivalent per gallon when charging after midnight. Overall, drivers can save upwards of $1,800 per year by choosing an electric vehicle.

This project is the latest result of a 27-year effort by SMUD to improve local air quality by advancing clean alternative-fuel transportation.