The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT), in cooperation with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), and GiddyUp EV, is building a new high-speed charging hub at the Power Inn light rail station. The facility, which is to go live in October, is expected to be one of the largest charging hubs in the state when fully built out.
SacRT is developing Mobility Hubs at light rail stations to add amenities and e-mobility options for transit users and transit-oriented development.
The new charging hub will be fully networked and integrated with SMUD’s electrical grid. The first phase includes 10 high-speed charging stations that can accommodate up to 20 vehicles, as well as solar canopies. Stationary battery storage may be added in the future.
“This large-scale public-private partnership is breaking ground in record time,” said California State Treasurer Fiona Ma. “This project is why California is leading the way in the race to install EV chargers and battery backups to help reach our goal of five million ZEVs on our roads by 2030 and 250,000 charging stations by 2025. This can and will be a national model.”
“The Power Inn Station charging hub serves as an additional resource for our riders with first- and last-mile connectivity,” said SacRT General Manager/CEO Henry Li.
GiddyUp EV is financing the purchase and installation of the DC fast chargers.
“Widespread adoption of electric vehicles isn’t going to happen until EV charging is faster and more convenient than pumping gas. Public-private cooperation is the logical solution,” said GiddyUp EV founder Chris Jerome. “Public entities have the land, the private sector has the money and technology. This project shows the way forward.”