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David Raboy and Heather Bernikoff, founders of CarStations, have been driving an electric vehicle since 2000. Their first electric was a Ford Ranger truck, which is still operational and in use on their California ranch. They became passionate about electric transportation when they realized that electricity is the only fuel that keeps getting cleaner, that health, environment and national security concerns could all be addressed with a monumental shift off of carbon to renewable-based electricity. Recognizing the need to advance consumer education on electric cars, both participated in co-founding Plug-In America, the nation’s premier electric car education resource. Although they are no longer on the steering committee for Plug-In America, they still participate in events.
CarStations, Inc. was founded in January 2011 with the express intention to increase the adoption of electric vehicles into the mainstream. The company is extremely focused on providing high quality, verified and reliable data for drivers to use. Making it easier to find charging stations for the millions of new electric vehicle drivers that will be on the roads world-wide within the decade helps drivers feel more comfortable to choose electric and extend their range.
Both Heather and David are graduates from Humboldt State University where David played football, and Heather holds a Masters of Science degree from the University of Wyoming. David has worked for 16 years in the software industry in multiple roles including software development and management. Heather has worked as a health educator and program officer with charitable foundations. She has helped nonprofit organizations build their operational capacity through this work and through her consulting partnership. Their first venture in recycling vegetable oil from the waste stream to produce biodiesel was profitable. They sold their first company to focus on their passion – electric vehicles and public charging.
Both believe in strong corporate responsibility. To that end, CarStations workers strive to perform work in an environmentally responsible and humane way, with attention to volunteerism and charitable participation in the community and beyond. In addition to their electric truck, Heather and David are delighted drivers of a 2011 Nissan Leaf electric car which is powered by a solar array that offsets the energy use for their home as well as driving.