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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Grant For Charging Infrastructure for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Vehicle Demonstration with General Motors

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The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) will test 12 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid vehicles in their vehicle fleets. Numerous government offices and departments will use the vehicles, allowing a wide range of drivers to experience the hybrid four-passenger sedans. In the process, SMUD will collect data to assess and upgrade the electric vehicle charging system (EVSE) located in its service territory, and they will standardize the permitting process among local agencies for adding new chargers. Installation of 22 electric charging stations have been completed at SMUD’s Headquarters, SMUD’s 59th Street facility yard in Sacramento, the Customer Services Center, City of Sacramento Corporte Yard, City of Sacramento Public Safety Administration Building, Sacramento City Hall, City of Sacramento Richards Police Facility, Los Rios Community College District, California State University, Sacramento, and at UC Davis West Village. The program will also increase public awareness of plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Grant Amount

The Energy Commission is providing $553,000 from Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program funds.

An additional $2,116,898 in federal stimulus funding-for vehicle deployment, infrastructure installation and oversight, Smart Grid and demand response studies, and data collection-comes from US Department of Energy's Transportation Electrification funding opportunity, part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).

Match Funding

$553,000 from the project's participants

Project Benefits

The Chevrolet Volt will operate 95 percent of the time in all-electric mode during this demonstration. The fleet will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 89 metric tons per year and reduce gasoline use by 9,600 gallons annually. The project is expected to result in eight full-time electrical contractor jobs as well as related jobs from the manufacture and sale of batteries and charging components.

Grant Agreement Number: ARV-10-034

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