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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 10/07/2014
Subject :

Palo Alto Celebrates Electric Vehicle Week with Launch of State’s First Curbside EV Quick Charger
City to also host activities for national Public Power and Public Natural Gas Week
Contact : Shannon Burkey, City of Palo Alto Communications    650-329-2656
Palo Alto, CA—In celebration of Electric Vehicle (EV) Week, Oct. 6-10, 2014, the City will host a launch event for the state's first curbside EV Quick Charger on Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Lytton and Alma. The new quick charger, donated by Nissan USA and the third of its kind that is operational in the City, allows EV vehicles to charge much more quickly than other chargers. Mayor Nancy Shepherd will kick off the third annual EV Week and quick charger launch with a few remarks on Palo Alto’s role in EV adoption, followed by an essay reading by a Palo Alto student on "Why EV’s are Cool." The quick charger will then be launched for free community use with the cutting of the gasoline pipe and pump dispenser, and a demonstration of an EV being charged at the station. 

Following the quick charger launch, EV Week organizer, Charge Across Town, will host an expo at King Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring free EV test drives and a showcase of the largest selection of new plug-in and all-electric vehicles, EV charging technologies, and mobile applications to reduce the carbon footprint of commutes. The theme of this year’s EV Week, eMobility, calls for a shift in how people think about urban mobility toward a full range of environmentally-friendly, efficient, and economical approaches to transportation.

This week also kicks off national Public Power and Public Natural Gas Week; two campaigns scheduled October 5-11 and celebrated by more than 2,000 community-owned, not-for-profit gas and electric utilities. The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) invites the public to join us this Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at King Plaza. CPAU will provide information and giveaways at an outreach table with other community groups and vendors in conjunction with Electric Vehicle (EV) Week.

Public Power Week and Public Natural Gas Week are coordinated to bring public attention to the benefits of community-owned utilities, including locally designed and developed programs tailored to meet community goals, competitive rates and support for other city services such as libraries and public safety. Specifically for the City of Palo Alto, local control has resulted in decisions to have a 100 percent carbon-neutral electric supply, an upgraded emergency water supply system, aggressive electric, water, gas and sewer main replacement programs, high-impact water and energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, as well as personalized customer service. 

About Palo Alto Utilities: The City of Palo Alto is the only municipality in California that operates a full suite of utilities, including natural gas, electric and fiber optics, water, wastewater, storm drain and refuse. Two Stanford University professors, Charles Marx and Charles Benjamin Wing, were largely responsible for the emergence of the Palo Alto’s municipally owned utility service. Marx and Wing contended that the City could provide utility service at rates significantly lower than those charged by private companies. One of the founding principles of those early pioneers was that utilities must show a financial return to the community. This has continued to be a priority. In the most recent fiscal year, the electric and gas utilities provided millions of dollars in financial support to community services such as libraries, parks, police, and fire protection. These contributions to the community do not occur in areas served by private power companies. This makes Palo Alto a unique place to live and work.

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