Steep discounts to install charging stations coming soon to San Jose

The city of San Jose is running a deficit in the tens of millions.  Its revenues are down dramatically.  They have begged Congress to help bail them out. Businesses are leaving town and just plain closed down.  So what are they proud of?  They are going to spend $14 million to give tax break as to the very rich that buy electric vehicles.  While folks are on the verge of eviction, San Jose takes care of the rich—who can afford to spend $30-50,000 MORE on a car if it is electric.

“Within the next two years, the city needs 4,091 charging ports, according to a city report. San Jose currently has 900 and 304 are scheduled to be installed. The $14 million investment — $4 million from SJCE and $10 million from the California Energy Commission — will add about 100 direct current (DC) fast charging ports and 1,400 level 2 ports to the city.

In 2018 Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order calling for more electric vehicles and charging stations in the state to promote cleaner air and reduce carbon emissions. California, which has one of the largest markets for electric vehicles in the world, set a goal of getting 5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030 and installing 250,000 electric vehicle charging stations by 2025. For this reason, the state already offers incentives for purchasing electric vehicles.

So, instead of allowing the private sector to create the industry, San Jose has declared it is a Socialist city, hence they will control the use of cars and its energy source.  By the way, the economic/energy illiterates running the problem do not ask where these charging stations get their juice.  It comes from fossil fuel.  So, they are only pretending to help the climate—just another special interest scam to help the rich.

Steep discounts to install charging stations coming soon to San Jose

by Carly Wipf, San Jose Spotlight,  9/18/20 

San Jose needs 4,091 charging ports within the next two years but only has 900 currently, according to a city report.

This winter, businesses, commercial property owners and multi-family residences in San Jose can apply for steep discounts on electric vehicle charging stations as a result of an energy partnership’s efforts to bolster green infrastructure in the city.

San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE) and the California Energy Commission’s California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) committed $14 million to increase the number of charging stations in San Jose and promote the use of electric vehicles.

“Approximately 60 percent of the carbon emissions in San Jose are transportation-based,” said Zach Struyk with SJCE. “So electrifying transportation in San Jose is extremely important.”

Within the next two years, the city needs 4,091 charging ports, according to a city report. San Jose currently has 900 and 304 are scheduled to be installed. The $14 million investment — $4 million from SJCE and $10 million from the California Energy Commission — will add about 100 direct current (DC) fast charging ports and 1,400 level 2 ports to the city.

In 2018 Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order calling for more electric vehicles and charging stations in the state to promote cleaner air and reduce carbon emissions. California, which has one of the largest markets for electric vehicles in the world, set a goal of getting 5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030 and installing 250,000 electric vehicle charging stations by 2025. For this reason, the state already offers incentives for purchasing electric vehicles.

Locally, San José residents can get extra discounts and information on electric vehicles through Drive Electric San José and Peninsula Family Service.

But as the number of electric vehicles increases in the city, property owners will be responsible for adding more charging stations, which can set them back thousands of dollars.

Starting Dec. 16, residents can apply for rebates on two models of charging stations: the level 2 charging station and the pricier, yet more powerful, DC fast charging stations.

Level 2 charging stations are most widely found in San Jose and are best for workplaces and apartment buildings, as charging can take an hour or more, according to Andy Hoskinson with CALeVIP. DC fast chargers are more similar to gas stations, designed for quick power-ups. This makes them suitable for businesses such as coffee shops, where people often spend less than 45 minutes.

Installing a level 2 charging station can cost about $1,200 to $3,000 while a 50 kW DC fast charging station can cost $25,000 to $30,000, according to Hoskinson. He said the hefty cost typically stems from installation, as power often needs to be moved to areas such as parking lots that aren’t already connected to the grid.

Under the new program, residents can receive rebates of up to $4,500 for level 2 chargers and discounts from $50,000 to $80,000 for DC fast charging stations, depending on charger power.

Applicants also can receive free consultations to help them decide which charging stations to install, where to place them on their property and how much to charge customers for use based on their prospective bill, according to Hoskinson.

“We are thrilled to offer these incentives to our community,” said Lori Mitchell, director of the Community Energy Department, which operates SJCE. “Making EVs more affordable and expanding the city’s charging network will help San Jose shift to an electric transportation system, which will lead to cleaner air and healthier communities.”

SJCE also set a goal of putting 25% of the charging stations in low-income areas. Businesses in low-income communities or disadvantaged areas can apply for an additional $500 rebate. Multi-family units are also eligible for another $1,000 discount.

The majority of electric vehicle owners in San Jose make more than $100,000 per year, according to city data. Twelve out of 100 households making $150,000 had an electric vehicle. Out of 100 households that made about $56,000 annually, there were an average of two registered electric vehicles.

Hoskinson said the discounts for installing chargers in low-income areas will bring more electric opportunities to these areas and hopefully reduce inequities.

The San Jose program is part of a larger Peninsula-Silicon Valley Incentive Project that is investing $55 million in funding for electric vehicle and charger discounts in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. To apply for the electric vehicle charger rebates, go to the Peninsula-Silicon Valley Incentive Project website

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Comments

  1. William Hicks says

    AND, WHAT WILL BE THE SOURCE OF ELECTRICITY FOR THESE CHARGING STATIONS?

  2. The bottom line is this is the same type of projections that failed the buses and rail as alternative transportation.

    There is a serious issue of toxicity in mining Lithium, converting it for batteries, and the recycling them.

    As Tesla has proven with numerous accidents compromised battery packs are deadly fire issues. They burn white hot and most fire departments will not touch them with current tech.

    There is significant and environmental alternatives like hydrogen that fuels quickly, and can be a backup system to gasoline (no serious changes to existing technology and can be an “a” “b” switch.).

    At this time, once again, a subsidy for the electric auto industry that has serious problems competing with gasoline based vehicles.

    Why with computer controlled, clean burning vehicles, and massively reduced pollution in the past 50 years is this such a push?

    Just as with the criminal forestry management, and poorly managed water resources this is radical distortion of the truth for power.

    And you voted for them.

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