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SMUD launches electric vehicle fast-charge station in Citrus Heights

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District on Wednesday will launch an electric vehicle fast-charge station – which can charge an EV battery up to 80 percent capacity in less than 30 minutes – along Interstate 80 in Citrus Heights.

The charging station at 7825 Lichen Drive, at the Antelope Road exit off I-80 and adjacent to the Raley’s Supermarket parking lot, also has a Level 2 charger, which can fully charge various EVs in three to eight hours.

Festivities to launch the fast-charge station will be at 10 a.m. After that, it’s open to the public 24/7.

SMUD said the fast-charger can accommodate most types of EVs manufactured by domestic and foreign automakers. It can be accessed for a fee that equates to 22 cents a kilowatt-hour. Motorists can pay via a mobile phone app or with a credit card.

SMUD said it plans to open more fast-charge stations in the Sacramento area. Last year, SMUD opened the first EV fast-charge station in the region at the electric utility’s headquarters on S Street in Sacramento.

The local utility said funding for the new fast-charge station came from the sale of carbon credits.