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Sacramento hotel christens electric vehicle charging hub

Assorted electric vehicles charging at newly opened electric vehicle charging stations on the fifth floor of the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 1209 L St., downtown. The hotel’s garage now has six Tesla-dedicated chargers and 20 Level 2 electric vehicle chargers made by Auburn-based ClipperCreek Inc. Photo taken 9-14-16
Assorted electric vehicles charging at newly opened electric vehicle charging stations on the fifth floor of the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 1209 L St., downtown. The hotel’s garage now has six Tesla-dedicated chargers and 20 Level 2 electric vehicle chargers made by Auburn-based ClipperCreek Inc. Photo taken 9-14-16 Mark Glover

The Hyatt Regency Sacramento has something new to tout besides well-appointed guest rooms – its downtown electric vehicle charging hub.

On Wednesday, the hotel at 1209 L St., hosted festivities to formally open 26 Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations, most of them on the fifth floor of its parking garage.

The site is part of a Hyatt partnership with Palo Alto-based electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc., which is working to expand electric vehicle charging stations throughout California.

SMUD expects other city businesses to install EV charging stations

“We see California, and Sacramento in particular, as the epicenter of electric vehicle adoption, and we want Hyatt to be a familiar name in the EV community,” said hotel general manager Scott VandenBerg.

Six of the garage charging stations are Tesla-dedicated, and 20 are Level 2 chargers produced by Auburn-based ClipperCreek Inc. The stations are available to hotel guests and the general public parking in the hotel garage.

There is no additional cost to charge vehicles beyond the cost to park or use valet parking.

Level 2 chargers can fully charge various electric vehicles in three to eight hours.

The electric vehicle community tells us there is pent-up demand in the city for commuter charging options. Many drivers right now cannot otherwise get a charge in the downtown area.

Phil Haupt, owner, Roseville-based Phil Haupt Electric

Hyatt officials said they expect demand for EV charging services to increase and are prepared to expand charging services.

Seed funding was provided by Tesla under the partnership agreement. Capitol Regency LLC provided a $125,000 investment. Roseville-based Phil Haupt Electric installed the chargers.

“The electric vehicle community tells us there is pent-up demand in the city for commuter charging options,” said company owner Phil Haupt. “Many drivers right now cannot otherwise get a charge in the downtown area.”

Bill Boyce, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s electric transportation supervisor, said SMUD expects other city businesses to install EV charging stations.

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to put 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roadways by 2025.

Wednesday’s EV hub opening was one of numerous regional and national events marking National Drive Electric Week 2016, which started Saturday and runs through Sunday.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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