Bakersfield Amtrak Gets Four Level 1 Long-Term Charge Stations

By Paul Gipe

Construction is nearly complete on four Level 1 Telefonix electric vehicle (EV) charge stations at the Amtrak station in Bakersfield, California.

The four stations are the far end of the parking lot away from the station beneath the recently installed solar canopies. The location is ideal for discouraging “iceing” of the parking slots by cars using conventional internal-combustion engines (ICE).

During the day the stations will charge using solar-generated electricity from the canopy over the parking spaces.

Level 1 stations charge at 120 volts and are well suited for long-term parking of EVs. An EV can add 1 kWh per hour of charge time on a Level 1 station or eight to ten kWh overnight.

The project has been a long time coming. Planning began in 2013 by the Kern Council of Government.

The Telefonix stations are simple devices that are not networked linked. They work like most home charge stations. The EV driver simply plugs the J1772 plug into the EV. The two devices communicate and the charge begins automatically.

When the driver returns to their EV, they simply remove the plug and the Telefonix retractor reels in the cable.