Fans of the San Francisco Giants can now attend a game at AT&T Park and juice up their electric vehicles at the same time, as four charging stations have been installed at the ballpark.
The four new electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations are the result of work by the City of San Francisco, the San Francisco Giants, ChargePoint and ABM, a provider of integrated facility solutions. AT&T Park is the first ballpark in California to offer public access to Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations, a next-generation technology that can charge an EV in four hours, or about the length of a baseball game.
According to the San Francisco Department of the Environment, San Francisco now boasts a total of 110 charging stations at 42 locations across the city -- more charging stations per capita than any other city in California.
"San Francisco is the Innovation Capital of the World and the EV capital of the world, because we have focused on building the infrastructure needed to make electric vehicles a viable choice for the public," said Mayor Ed Lee. "The installation of charging stations at AT&T Park, and another 100 on public property for all to use throughout San Francisco, will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create a more sustainable environment, while creating jobs."
"Our San Francisco Giants lead the division in wins, and have now beefed up their environmental batting average by having the division's first up-to-date EV-ready stadium," said Melanie Nutter, Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment. "Supporting new EV infrastructure provides ease and accessibility to electric vehicle owners and is part of our ongoing commitment to making San Francisco the most sustainable city."
ABM installed and will maintain the charging stations, and is offering the public free EV charging at the AT&T Park stations throughout the week of September 17-21. "ABM has been part of the San Francisco community since 1909," said Brett Knox, senior vice president of marketing at ABM. "We're proud to work with the Giants to bring these state-of-the-art ChargePoint charging stations to AT&T Park, and to help San Francisco achieve its sustainability goals."
The charging stations mark another sustainability milestone for AT&T Park, which in 2010 became the first Major League Baseball park to receive LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance.
"AT&T Park's sustainable features, including solar panels, energy-efficient concession stands- - and now the EV charging stations -- not only have a positive impact on the environment, but also enhance the fan experience at the ballpark," said Alfonso Felder, senior vice president of facilities, who oversees ballpark operations for the Giants. "Giants fans will now have a quick and convenient way to charge their electric vehicles while they enjoy a baseball game."
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