Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approves EV charging station agreement for SMF

August 7, 2018 |

At their regular meeting this afternoon, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approved a contract for a vendor to provide electric vehicle charging at Sacramento International Airport (SMF).

Reston, Virgina-based Electrify America, LLC will install and operate up to eight plug-in vehicle charging stations near the ARCO AM-PM gas station located at SMF.

“With today’s approval, the County is adopting state-of-the-art solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Supervisor Susan Peters, Chair said.

The fee-based DC fast-chargers are envisioned to serve as EV filling stations. Customers can use a credit card to charge most electric vehicle batteries up to 80 percent in 20 minutes.

Several locations throughout the county have been identified as prime locations for EV charging stations, including Sacramento International Airport, a crucial component of the regional transportation infrastructure.

“I hear more and more from constituents who want the convenience of charging their electric vehicles at Sacramento International Airport,” Supervisor Phil Serna, District 1, and California Air Resources Board member said. “Today’s action by the Board of Supervisors goes a long way to make that happen.”

Sacramento International Airport currently has 12 Level 2 EV chargers and 12 level 1 chargers in the parking garage that serves both terminals, and four Level 2 chargers and one legacy paddle (for older EVs) in the daily lot. There is no fee to use the chargers.

The airport also leases space to SMUD in the Free Waiting Area for one DC fast charger and two Level 2 chargers, which are fee-based.

Charging stations are expected to be operational within 1-2 years.

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