Bishop Ranch Announces First Blink DC Fast Electric Vehicle Charger in East Bay

San Ramon, California’s Bishop Ranch announced yesterday a partnership with ECOtality to install its electric vehicle (EV) charging hub onsite.

This location is one of the first to have a Blink DC Fast Charging in the country, and the only one in San Francisco’s East Bay region. The EV charging center is located at BR 6, at 2440 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, Calif.

The Blink DC Fast Charger can fully charge CHAdeMo-equipped EVs in less than 20 minutes. For vehicles not equipped for DC Fast charging, Bishop Ranch also installed two Blink Level 2 chargers.

The Blink chargers have been installed in conjunction with the EV Project, managed by ECOtality. The EV Project provides EV infrastructure to support the deployment of EVs in key markets and is a public-private partnership, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through a federal stimulus grant and made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Bishop Ranch says it is dedicated to the transportation needs of its 30,000 commuters, and the EV charging center is the newest component of its transportation program. The program includes free connections to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART); free bus passes (valued at $1,250 annually per employee); train, vanpool and carpool transit incentives; a Guaranteed Ride Home program; and personalized commute-planning assistance for tenants.

“Bishop Ranch is home to some of the world’s leading companies and innovative startups, with well-educated, environmentally aware employees. People who work at Bishop Ranch have many commuting options, and today commuting by electric vehicle just got a whole lot easier,” said Edward Hagopian, executive vice president of Sunset Development Company, owner and operator of Bishop Ranch. “Installing Blink EV charging stations is another example of our sustainable business practices and our commitment to providing green tenant services in order to preserve natural resources for the future,” said Hagopian.

Bishop Ranch’s commuter program has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The program also received the Best Workplaces for Commuters Gold Award for outstanding contributions that meet the National Standard of Excellence, and the Best Workplaces for Commuters for exemplary performance in promoting commuter benefits.

“Workplace charging is quickly becoming one of the most important location for EV drivers to charge while away from home,” stated Greg Fioriti, Chief Revenue Officer of ECOtality. “Bishop Ranch is a perfect host site in terms of location, and it is great to see large office campuses joining the EV Project and enabling greater driving freedom for EV drivers in the Bay Area.”

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  • john iv

    This sounds great, but how will the battery life suffer?

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    One of the major problem is that quick charging does NOT charge 100% quickly. Li-ion battery naturally can get 75%-90% charge quickly and the rest of the percentage will take much longer to charge regardless charging system.

    The second major issue is “heat”. Quick charging will produce a lot of heat which will be damaging to the battery cells if NOT probably managed. Nissan Leaf already have issues with Heat and Quick Charging in AZ. This will ONLY make it worse b/c some of the EVs don’t have liquid cooling built in. MieV is fan cooled and so is Prius Plugin. Leaf is “passive cooled”. Only the Volt, Tesla and Focus EV are all liquid cooled (American engineering). I think until the car is equipped with liquid cooling, it is better NOT to charge the battery too quickly in a hot climate…

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