REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. — Green Charge Networks, the largest provider of commercial energy storage in the U.S., today announced its partnership with ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Combining energy storage with EV charging eliminates the high cost of demand charges caused by spikes in power usage, often a barrier to installing EV charging stations. Demand charges are part of every commercial electricity bill and are determined by the highest 15 minutes of use during a billing cycle.
“We are proud to partner with ChargePoint, whose mission is to bring convenient charging to every EV driver,” said Vic Shao, CEO at Green Charge Networks. “Having EV charging readily available at public locations, especially along highly traveled corridors, will enable further electrification and accelerate adoption of electric vehicles. The combination of energy storage with EV charging is important and necessary, especially in California where demand charges are some of the highest in the nation.”
Redwood City, Calif., the third largest city within the County of San Mateo with more than 84,000 residents, is the first joint customer to install the combined solution. The expansion of the City’s electrical vehicle charging stations furthers the City’s environmental standards outlined in their Climate Action Plan to reduce GHG emissions within the community and City operations by 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. Installed in 2014, the City has five electric vehicle charging station locations combined with energy storage including two DC Fast Charging stations, installed at Redwood Shores library and at the City’s downtown parking garage.
The EV charging stations are used heavily with an average of 8 -10 sessions day. Green Charge Networks’ intelligent energy storage is shaving multiple peaks per day (80 in May, 2015) caused by the EV charging stations. The energy storage is expected to save nearly $7,000 annually in demand charges at the five Redwood City locations alone. The Redwood City energy storage equipment and installation came at no cost to the City. Green Charge’s unique financing model provides a zero down cost solution. Green Charge Networks installs, owns and maintains all of energy storage equipment.
“By combining EV charging and energy storage to reduce consumption during peak hours, businesses can save money,” said Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint CEO. “This can significantly reduce the cost for a business to offer EV charging thereby increasing EV adoption while promoting grid stability.”
Drivers can find charging stations and see their availability in real-time at ChargePoint.com or with the free ChargePoint mobile app. To start a charging session, drivers simply tap their ChargePoint card in front of the station, use the ChargePoint mobile app or call the 1-888 number printed on the ChargePoint station. The cost to use a charging station is set by the business owner.
About Green Charge:
Green Charge provides the easiest way to save energy costs for commercial and industrial businesses, municipalities and schools. Our award-winning energy storage solution delivers industry leading savings, up to 50 percent in demand charges. We provide risk-free financed energy storage and software that time-shifts power use, and optimizes electric vehicle charging, solar and energy efficiency measures. Founded in 2009 Green Charge is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif.,with offices in NYC and San Diego.
ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with more than 22,300 charging locations. Ranked #1 by leading independent research firm, Navigant Research, ChargePoint makes advanced hardware and best-in-class cloud based software. ChargePoint’s open network is utilized by many leading EV hardware makers and encourages all EV charging manufacturers to join.
ChargePoint’s real-time network information including the availability of charging locations throughout the nation is available through the ChargePoint mobile app, online and via the navigation systems in top-selling EVs including the new BMW i3 and the Nissan LEAF. A driver connects to a ChargePoint station every 8 seconds and by initiating over 10 million charging sessions, ChargePoint drivers have saved over 9 million gallons of gasoline and driven over 220 million gas free miles.
About Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco shoreline to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with over 84,000 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: “Climate Best by Government Test”. Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county’s old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city’s vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org or follow @RedwoodCity on Twitter. To learn more about Redwood City’s downtown and to plan a visit, go to downtownredwoodcity.org.