Silicon Valley Chapter Launches Electric Vehicle Charging Station

SAN JOSE, CA (August 21, 2013) - The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is the first non-profit in Santa Clara County to install electric vehicle charging stations available to the public at its San Jose Office located at 2731 North First Street. Today’s launch of the Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations was attended by City Council Member Kansen Chu, American Red Cross Regional CEO Mark Cloutier, and EV industry executives and supporters including Kitty Adams, Executive Director of Adopt-a-Charger, and Mike Calise, Director of Electric Vehicles, Schneider Electric.

The Red Cross embraces the goals set by the State of California to increase the availability of the EV charging infrastructure that supports the use of electric vehicles by Red Cross employees, volunteers, donors, and any member of the public, which will decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

“Since so many of the disasters we respond to are the result of climate-related activity and forces of nature––hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires––we, by virtue of our mission, have a vested interest in protecting the planet,” said Mark Cloutier, American Red Cross Regional CEO. "These charging stations 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.”

The Silicon Valley Chapter partnered with Adopt-a-Charger and Schneider Electric to install Level I Electrical Vehicle (EV) charging outlets and Level II Schneider Electric EVlink™ outdoor networked dual charging stations at the San Jose Office.

“Adopt a Charger is grateful to be working with the Red Cross to offer free EV charging. It takes 60 minutes to give a pint of blood, in which time an EV driver can add up to 25 miles of range to their battery,” states Kitty Adams, Executive Director of Adopt-a-Charger. “By supporting your local Red Cross, your efforts have a global impact. The same holds true for driving an electric vehicle: local air quality is better, and you help reduce global warming.”

The funding for the EV charging stations was secured through a grant by the California Energy Commission. The grant was a collaboration between Schneider Electric and the Silicon Valley Chapter. 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.

“Schneider Electric is proud to work with American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter to support their goal to increase awareness and accessibility of EV charging for staff, volunteers, and the public,” said Mike Calise, Director, Electric Vehicles, Schneider Electric. “This project is an important step, demonstrating how successful collaboration amongst non-profits agencies, state government, and businesses can reach a common goal of increased EV adoption through available charger infrastructure."

“I commend the American Red Cross’s Silicon Valley Chapter for joining the effort to install electric vehicle chargers,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager. “In January 2013, when I proposed a policy to install more electric vehicle chargers, this was the kind of by-product for which I hoped. I anticipate other nonprofit organizations will follow the Red Cross’s leadership in making the Silicon Valley this nation’s hot spot for electric vehicles.”

There are nearly 100 staff and volunteers on site each day, with an estimated 50-100 blood donors arriving daily. Emergency preparedness and disaster response classes are held daily, and the site population can be up to 200 individuals on any given day, including the weekends. The project will provide support for a future Red Cross EV fleet and will be a resource for education on alternative fuel technology.

About the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter

The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Clara County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at or call us at 1-877-727-6771. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.