California’s DGS Plugs-In To Electric Vehicles & Charging Stations

The California Department of General Services (DGS) announced the delivery of 10 new Nissan Leaf electric vehicles.

These EV will replace 10 existing vehicles in the DGS daily rental fleet.

DGS also debuted 24 electric vehicle charging stations now available at five locations in the Sacramento area, with plans to add nine additional stations in the DGS State Garages in the near future.

Four of these locations have a total of 19 charging stations accessible to the public.

“Along with reducing the size of the state fleet, the Administration remains committed to clean, green efforts,” said State and Consumer Services Secretary Anna Caballero. “This is just our first step toward achieving a more sustainable state government fleet envisioned by Governor Brown earlier this year.”

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In March, Gov. Brown directed state agencies to facilitate the rapid commercialization of zero-emission vehicles, and ordered California’s state government vehicle fleet to increase its zero-emission vehicles through the normal course of vehicle replacement.

The Governor’s goal is to have at least 10 percent of light-duty vehicle fleet purchases be zero-emission by 2015 and at least 25 percent by 2020.

“The electric vehicle charging stations and zero-emission vehicles demonstrate DGS’ commitment to combat climate change with a more sustainable state government fleet,” said DGS Director Fred Klass.

The DGS says the purchase, installation, and technical support of the charging stations were supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission. DGS’s goal is to establish infrastructure for additional zero-emission vehicles expected statewide, and expand its efforts to green the state fleet.

Being electric vehicles, the Nissan Leaf chosen to be put in service produces 0.0 tons of CO2 per year, while the previous light-duty sedan being replaced produces between 6.5 to 6.7 tons of CO2 per year.

The DGS electric vehicle charging stations located at the following locations are available for public use:

State parking Lot 14 – 1517 13th Street, Sacramento
State parking Lot 24 – 1500 10th Street, Sacramento
State parking Lot 50 – 1517 11th Street, Sacramento
DGS headquarters parking facility – 707 3rd Street, West Sacramento