California is leading the nation when it comes to establishing the institutional framework and government policies required to spur development of cleaner, healthier and more efficient transportation alternatives. Science-driven policy initiatives, state incentives and funding, in turn, are core aspects of the Golden State’s ambitious plans to curb environmental pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and make more efficient, sustainable use of natural resources.
The California Energy Commission on July 23 took another step towards realizing these goals, approving nearly $50 million in funding for construction of zero-emission electric vehicle (ZEV) fueling and charging stations for consumers.
With the state aiming to have 1.5 million hydrogen, battery electric and plug-in EVs on the road by 2015, the California Energy Commission has allocated nearly $400 million to build-out recharging and refueling infrastructure through its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP), the Imperial Valley News reported.
Building on this, the Energy Commission on July 23 announced the award of grants totaling $46.6 million for construction of 28 hydrogen refueling stations, along with one mobile re-fueler. Another $2.8 million in grant funding is to be used to install 175 EV charging stations. Here’s a list of those awardees:
- Adopt A Charger will receive $492,342 to install up to 61 electric vehicle chargers at 12 California State Parks;
- International Association of Nanotechnology will receive $500,000 to install 10 electric vehicle fast chargers along the I-5 and Highway 99 corridor at 10 locations between Stockton and San Diego;
- The City of Corona will receive $325,632 to install six Level 2 and three fast electric vehicle chargers throughout the city for plug in electric vehicle (PEV) destination and public access workplace charging;
- The County of San Diego will receive $500,000 to install 35 Level 2 publicly accessible electric vehicle chargers at 10 County facilities;
- The Fremont Chamber will receive $305,352 to install 10 Level 2 and two fast chargers at the Bayside Business Park;
- The Electric Power Research Institute will receive $469,012 to install 24 Level 2 dual port chargers at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara;
- The US Hybrid Corporation in Torrance will receive $200,000 to install electric vehicle chargers for its employees. It will consist of two Level 2 and 1 fast charger (CHAdeMO & SAE Combo connectors). The chargers will be powered by a 10kW solar PV system that will be connected to a 30 kW/hr lithium-ion storage battery with bi-directional DC-AC charger that will provide a V2G interface.
Government agency follow-through on clean energy policies are crucial to the development of California’s rapidly emerging clean energy infrastructure. Besides providing essential initial funding, they establish mandates, regulations and guidelines for socially, environmentally and economically responsible development and growth that private sector businesses and communities can leverage and capitalize on.
State and federal government regulations and support for clean energy technology R&D and commercialization is driving innovation, green job growth and a healthier, sustainable economy and society. Green Charge is just one example of what can be achieved, and that’s just one of the reasons we feel fortunate to call California home.