Fast Charging Station Opens This Week

The City of Goleta just got a little bit more green. Continuing its leadership role in sustainability, Goleta installed a new DC Fast Charging Station to power electric vehicles at the Camino Real Marketplace near the Costco Tire Center. The charging station is set to be unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 2,and is one of the first of its kind in the Santa Barbara area.

Valued at $35,000, the DC Fast Charging Station was donated by Nissan North America, Inc., and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, provided $17,000 in grant funds to the City to install the charger under their EV Charging Infrastructure Program.  The fast charge Level 3 technology allows EV drivers to recharge their cars much more quickly–as little as half an hour versus the 3-8 hours required by Level 2 charging stations.

“This new public charging station provides fast, convenient electrical vehicle charging with the ability to charge a vehicle’s battery to 80% capacity in as little as 30 minutes,” said Cindy Moore, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Goleta.

The ribbon cutting will recognize the efforts of project partners Camino Real Marketplace, the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, Nissan North America, Inc., and EV Connect all of which played key roles in making this project a reality.

“We are proud to provide our residents and visitors alike the convenience of charging up in Goleta.  Providing this public charging infrastructure demonstrates the City’s commitment to sustainability and shows that public-private partnerships like this can make a real difference,” said Mayor Paula Perotte.

The initial cost to charge is $.20/kWh paid by users. Payment can be made via credit card for a first time user by calling a number on the unit. Users can download a free app from EV Connect, register, and scan the QR code on the front of the unit with their phone to start the process for payment/charging. There is a 1-hour time limit on charging and parking.

When: Thursday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Camino Real Marketplace (next to the Costco Tire Center) in Goleta, 7095 Market Place Drive, Goleta, CA 93117