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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations come to Truckee

Post Date:09/28/2015 11:22 AM

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Media Contacts: Steven Poncelet
Truckee Donner PUD

Alex Terrazas
Town of Truckee



For Immediate Release

 TDPUD Launches Electric Vehicle Charging Station Projects

Public Access Stations at Truckee Depot and Pioneer Commerce Center

Truckee, Calif. (September 28, 2015) – The Truckee Donner PUD (TDPUD) has announced the launch of two new Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) public access charging stations in Truckee. One station will be located at the Truckee Train Depot site in historic downtown Truckee and there will be a second station at the Pioneer Commerce Center located just north of Interstate 80 – each of the two locations will have two, Level 2 charging stations.

The greater Truckee area has seen a dramatic increase in PEV’s over the last few years driven by Truckee’s unique position as a major stop on the Interstate 80 corridor, an iconic destination for the area’s many visitors, and as a gateway to Lake Tahoe and the Northern Sierra. In addition, the California Energy Commission has recently made a significant investment in the region with a $200,000 grant to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to produce a Tahoe-Truckee PEV Readiness Plan.

“TDPUD has been monitoring the emergence of PEV’s and we understand the importance of serving affordable, clean energy to this market,” said Bob Ellis, TDPUD board president. “More than 50 percent of the electricity for these PEV public access charging stations will come from renewable resources.”

The Level 2 charging stations are being provided by Greenlots using CMI/EVSE charging equipment. The charging stations will require payment using either credit card or a charging app on a smartphone. However, to promote the new charging station location, TDPUD will be offering free charging for the first month of operation. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to open both stations is expected to occur in early November 2015.

“Transportation is a large contributor to greenhouse gasses in California and an important issue for Truckee,” said Alicia Barr, Town of Truckee mayor. “The Depot location will also offer PEV drivers an opportunity to visit Truckee’s historic downtown and its many shops and restaurants.”

The Truckee Train Depot, located in the heart of Truckee’s historic downtown at 10065 Donner Pass Road, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings and is also a California Welcome Center. The Pioneer Commerce Center is located north of Interstate 80 at 11025 Pioneer Trail and houses many local businesses, shops and restaurants. Pioneer Commerce Center is also a short ten-minute walk to downtown Truckee along one of Truckee’s many paved trails.

“We are thrilled to partner with Truckee Donner PUD to help bring these important electric vehicle charging facilities to our community,” said Ciro Mancuso, owner of Pioneer Commerce Center. “This is a great location for charging stations as it provides a benefit to both our tenants and visitors.”

About Truckee Donner PUD:

The Truckee Donner PUD is a non-profit, publicly-owned utility agency created in 1927 and overseen by a locally elected board of directors. Truckee Donner PUD provides the greater Truckee area with reliable and high-quality water and power services while guiding the community to conserve resources. For general information, call 530-587-3896 or visit

About Town of Truckee:

The Town of Truckee is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, just west of the Nevada state line. Located at 6,000 feet the Town of Truckee is governed by a five member Town Council. The Town incorporated in 1993 and serves 16,000 residents in a 34 square mile boundary. Downtown Truckee is on the National Register of Historic Places. To learn more about the Town, call 530-582-7700 or visit

About Pioneer Commerce Center:

The Pioneer Commerce Center is a planned mixed use development of nearly 240,000 sf - a synergistic community of local and national businesses. A campus of nine buildings as well as a large boat storage facility,, PCC houses some of the most successful businesses in Truckee. NEW Executive Suites Center coming soon offering 30 small professional office suites.  Private suites, two conference rooms, kitchen, lounge and private bathrooms creates this brand new, high demand product. See existing tenants and available space at or call 530-587-2167.

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