Nearly $9 Million on EV-Supporting Infrastructure on Major Routes
As $12.6 Million Is Approved for Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project
The California Energy Commission has approved some $22 million to support the purchase of natural gas vehicles in the state and to install electric vehicle charging equipment along major routes.
“Several plug-in electric vehicle charging networks currently operate in metropolitan areas,” the agency said. But, “private industry has been hesitant to develop sites along highway corridors.”
The nearly $9 million in EVSE/electric vehicle supply equipment grant money is going to Chargepoint, EV Connect, NRG EV Services, and Recargo. The companies are to install 61 DC fast-chargers at 41 sites along Interstate 5 and California Highways 99 and 101. The fast-charge equipment is expected to allow EVs to fully charge in 20 to 30 minutes.
DC Fast and Level 2 Chargers
Additionally, 40 sites are to have one Level 2 charger, and one site will have two Level 2 chargers. Level 2 chargers allow most vehicles to go from zero to full charge in four to eight hours.
- “This project will support EV drivers in their daily travel and give drivers range confidence for longer distance travel,” Chargepoint CEO Pasquale Romano said in his company’s release following the CEC award. Chargepoint is to get nearly $4 million to install 50-kilowatt Express DC Fast charging stations with SAE Combo and CHAdeMO connectors.
- “The West Coast Electric Highway is an important component in the rapidly increasing adoption of electric vehicles within North America, particularly for inter-city travel,” EV Connect CEO Jordan Ramer said in his company’s release. EV Connect said it expects $1.8 million for 50-kilowatt Dual-Standard DC Fast Chargers with SAE Combo and CHAdeMO connectors. Hosts include Pilot Flying J Travel Centers, Staples, and Hilton Hotel locations.
CEC approved an additional $12.6 million in funding for NGVIP, the Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project. “This funding will help reduce the current wait list as well as fund future applications,” the agency says (the wait list, as of today, represents nearly $8.6 million worth of incentives). The new award total includes $940,000 for administrative costs and natural gas research work related to sustainable freight.
The University of California, Irvine, administers NGVIP (F&F, August 5, 2015). CEC noted that last year it allocated more than $11 million to recipients to purchase NGVs for use in California for at least three years.
The grants for both NGVIP and the new EV chargers are funded through CEC’s ARFVTP, the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, “which aims to reduce California’s use and dependence on petroleum transportation fuels and increase the use of alternative and renewable fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.
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Source: California Energy Commission with Fleets & Fuels follow-up