This fall, the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter became the first nonprofit in Santa Clara County to install electric vehicle chargers available to the public.
The Chapter partnered with Adopt-a-Charger and Schneider Electric to install Level I Electrical Vehicle (EV) charging outlets and Level II Electric EVlink™ charging stations at the San Jose Office.
Mark Cloutier, American Red Cross Regional CEO, said the Red Cross embraces the goals set by the State of California to increase the availability of the EV charging infrastructure, and supports the use of electric vehicles by Red Cross employees, volunteers, donors, and any member of the public.
“Since so many of the disasters we respond to are the result of climate-related activity and forces of nature–hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires–we, by virtue of our mission, have a vested interest in protecting the planet,” said Mark.
“These chargers are just the first of many practices the Red Cross is implementing to make responsible and constructive efforts to care for our environment and promote greater energy efficiency and sustainable business practices. Doing our part to help preserve the environment is more important than ever.”
Schneider Electric and the Silicon Valley Chapter collaborated to secure funds through a California Energy Commission grant.
The grant funded the purchase of eight Level I and II EV charging stations. Schneider Electric generously covered the additional expenses related to the installation of the chargers not funded by the grant. All eight charging stations will be located at the Silicon Valley Chapter San Jose Office parking lot, facing North First Street, a major Silicon Valley corridor.
Operational goals and objectives of this project include increasing the quality, accessibility, and accountability of EV charging services at Red Cross facilities while creating a public/private partnership model for accessible EV charging services.
View more photos from the launch: http://www.flickr.com/photos/siliconvalley-redcross/sets/72157635362275759/