Charging Up The Sacramento Area

Charging Up The Sacramento Area


ClipperCreek is Auburn’s hidden gem that plays a huge role in providing the electric vehicle market with high-quality UL-Certified, SAE-J1772 compliant Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations. The locally grown company is also one of the top distributors of portable Level 1 cord sets to the battery electric and plug-in electric market. ClipperCreek is led by sole owner Jason France, an entrepreneur with a background in computer engineering. The company has been in the electric vehicle charging Industry for close to 30 years now, providing charging solutions to both businesses and individual electric vehicle owners. The ability to produce quality, reliable products coupled with 30 years of experience has allowed ClipperCreek to reach the market of both electric vehicle fleet owners and individuals who simply desire a reliable American-made charging solution. The result is that ClipperCreek has become a top US manufacturer of EV charging solutions, allowing them to maintain a hold on a decent size percentage of the market share.

By working in commercial, residential, workplace, and fleet segments ClipperCreek has kept pace with exponential demand growth for electric vehicle charging products, maintaining a leading market share in North America. ClipperCreek works closely with and in partnership with many companies and public entities such as SMUD, Tesla, BMW, Ford, and GM, in support of their vehicle development and EV charging solutions. ClipperCreek’s close work with many automotive manufacturers has made them a tier 2 automotive supplier, providing the “core electronics modules” for portable cord sets delivered with plug in vehicles from many major automotive OEM’s.  They are able to produce a number of units per day that enables them to maintain their share in the market and stay competitive. ClipperCreek also designs and provides a variety of pedestal mounting solutions that are delivered directly to the open market. The company is growing at a pace matching the current electric vehicle sales trends, giving them the opportunity do their part to help further the growth of the EV market and charging infrastructure that will allow the population of EV owners to continue to grow.


CleanStart has a new face supporting the region’s Entrepreneurs.  Renonedo Williams is a CSU Sacramento Mechanical Engineering Student who is the newest intern at CleanStart.   He is entering his final semester at Sac State and is looking forward to connecting with as many clean tech startups as possible and understanding each of their value propositions, to connect his enthusiasm of building things to his goal of being his own boss. Renonedo has a background in design and material selection

What company is combining Swagger with Clean Tech?

What company is combining Swagger with Clean Tech?

Sacramento’s Startup scene just got a little cooler with the introduction of a vintage take on new technology.  Kacy Marrs is building the coolest motorcycle on the market at his startup Marrs Cycles.

Marrs Cycles started when Kacy made a personal electric cruiser bike for himself.  He put pictures of it online and people started knocking down his door asking to buy one. He went into business building his now famous Marrs Cruiser and received recognition for his skills in fabricating and designing high quality electric bikes, He was even featured on Miller Welders Channel and is often compared to Harley Davidsons.  What really inspires and motivates Kacy though is to create a electric motorcycle for the masses. One that is easy to ride, practical, fun, and above all, cool!

Kacy isn’t new to entrepreneurship or fabricating bikes, he cut his teeth building electric assist bikes in Orange County. In fact, Metallica frontman James Hetfield bought one of the Marrs Cruiser bikes Kacy created. The good range, speed, and vintage style of his designs created a lot of excitement, but Kacy wanted to break out of the niche market and do something bigger. So, he brought Marrs Cycles back to his home town in the Sierra Foothills to work on building an electric motorcycle for the masses.

Currently, Kacy has modeled and is working on fabricating the first concept. To make his ideal bike Kacy has new ideas like incorroperating a liquid cooled of battery pack and a DOT approved systems.  The design has a shorter wheel base, a hub motor, and ergonomic design to make it easy to ride. With the hub motor, Kacy envisions the bike could hold up to a 20 kwh battery giving it unprecedented range and could double as a power supply for the home. With a vintage beach cruiser style, the motorcycle will attract a new younger crowd to the market. With an electric bike that fits what the Millennial and Gen X markets demand, Kacy is creating his own lane for a new take on the style of motorcycles.


Thomas is the Executive Director of CleanStart. Thomas has a strong background in supporting small businesses, leadership, financial management and is proficient in working with nonprofits. He has a BS in Finance and a BA in Economics from California State University, Chico. Thomas has a passion for sustainability and a commitment to supporting non-profits in the region.

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