California Prepares to Ramp Up EV Charging Network

California intends to invest $5.5 billion in the coming years to expand its EV charging infrastructure by installing thousands of charging stations and extending charging to underserved rural regions and high-poverty areas. The California Energy Commission (CEC) and CalSTA are working together to coordinate the distribution of about 90,000 electric vehicle public chargers in the next two years, which could bring the number to twice as many as the 80,000 chargers currently available.

According to the recent state announcement, the CEC and California Air Resources Board (CARB) are the ones funding this endeavor. Additional funds of $384 million will be received from the federal government over the following four years in support of its effort to create a high-speed charging infrastructure nationwide under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

While placing the chargers, exceptional consideration will be given to all the disadvantaged regions, including the needy neighborhoods in the state’s cities as well as the remote areas and Indian reservations. Furthermore, residential charging will need to be expanded in order to provide both tenants and homeowners with the same opportunities to own an EV and to confidently “refuel” it.

California is by far the market leader in the EV auto transition due to its persistently high gas prices. There are currently 1.3 million EVs on state roads, and almost 18% of new car sales are electric. These electric vehicles are significant because they will demonstrate that the country is committed to reducing gas emissions from the automobile sector.

More importantly, it is the government’s responsibility to put in place the charging system that will ensure the successful transition of both the light-duty personal electric vehicle market and the medium- to heavy-duty electric vehicle market.

The country’s goal is not only to install high-speed chargers on the expressways but also to consider installing charging stations in historically underserved areas and reduce the effects on the country’s electricity network.

The proposed program, according to Monahan, prioritizes needy corridors first. Therefore, those in high need for DC fast charging also have the greatest possibility of expanding access in nonurban areas, disadvantaged neighborhoods and indigenous locales. Furthermore, the state has already found 20 corridor organizations, and plans are in place to fund a few of them at a time until they are all funded. In addition, authorities see the charging network as a chance to strengthen ties with bordering communities.

The federal government, in Omishakin’s opinion, perfectly performed its duty of ensuring that states are considering installing and expanding the charging infrastructure regionally and beyond the borders.

The expanding charging network funded by states and the federal government will supplement what startups such as Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) have established across the country on their own in an effort to boost electric vehicle uptake.

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