ARFVTP Award to Help Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Network
‘Changes the Landscape of Electric Vehicle Charging in California’
The California Energy Commission is increasing funding to support the state’s electric vehicle charging network with an initial grant of $15 million to the San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy.
CSE says it “will develop and implement an initiative to install more charging stations and distribute up to $200 million for incentives.
“The emerging network helps address the need to support an estimated 1.5 million plug-in electric vehicles in the state by 2025.
‘Comprehensive Marketing and Education Efforts’
“This really changes the landscape of electric vehicle charging in California,” Colin Santulli, CSE clean transportation director said in a Thursday release. “In addition to developing a variety of incentive projects, we will launch comprehensive marketing and education efforts to help make the public and target audiences aware of the incentives as they become available,” he said.
More than 216,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are currently on the road in California, supported by some 3,600 public charging stations, CSE says, noting California’s goal for adequate charging infrastructure to support up to 1 million vehicles by 2020 and 1.5 million vehicles by 2025.
Workplace and Public Charging Needed
There is increasing need for workplace and public charging to accommodate the anticipated rise in electric vehicle use, Santulli said.
The CEC award to CSE is part of ARFVTP, the agency’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.
In other very recent EVSE/electric vehicle supply equipment developments,
- Southern California Edison said this week that it “will be firing up the first of the electric car chargers installed under its Charge Ready electric vehicle charging infrastructure pilot program” today, Earth Day, in Lynwood (Los Angeles);
- Nissan and EVgo announced the I-95 Fast-Charge Arc, allowing EV drivers in the Northeast to make the 500-mile journey between Boston and Washington, D.C. with EVgo DC fast chargers at nine sites, with 50 total chargers equipped with two fast-charge plugs each; and
- Rocky Mountain Power plans for officials to cut the ribbon on Utah’s newest bank of electric vehicle charging in Salt Lake City this Tuesday, April 25. The charging stations are the first to be placed along 1,500 miles of highways in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. (F&F, February 6). ChargePoint is the charger supplier.
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Source: Center for Sustainable Energy with Fleets & Fuels follow-up