Fri. Sep 22nd, 2023
    California Achieves its Goal of 10,000 Fast Chargers for Electric Vehicles

    California has achieved its goal of installing 10,000 fast chargers for electric vehicles (EVs) ahead of schedule. The state reached this milestone during Climate Week, with Governor Gavin Newsom making the announcement. This achievement comes just one week after California revealed plans to rapidly deploy EV chargers in communities disproportionately affected by pollution. The Legislature also approved nearly $2 billion in funding for EV charging infrastructure.

    In 2018, then-Governor Jerry Brown set the goal of installing 10,000 fast chargers in an executive order on zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). Since then, the number of fast chargers installed in California has quadrupled, going from 2,657 to over 10,000. In total, there are now over 93,000 shared public and private chargers in the state.

    Fast chargers have the ability to fully recharge an EV up to 80% capacity in approximately 30 minutes, depending on the vehicle’s battery size and the charger’s power level. This network of fast chargers allows EV drivers to travel across the state with conveniently located charging stations along highways.

    California has demonstrated its commitment to addressing climate change and promoting sustainable transportation. The state not only sets ambitious goals, but also achieves them. Governor Newsom emphasized that California is deploying EV chargers in communities most affected by pollution, as well as along heavily trafficked highways. This reflects the state’s dedication to creating a cleaner and environmentally friendly transportation future.

    California’s efforts to promote the adoption of electric vehicles have yielded positive results, with one in four new cars sold in the state last quarter being zero-emission vehicles. The state has also surpassed its goal of selling 1.5 million ZEVs ahead of schedule.

    To accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles and further expand charging infrastructure, California is investing over $10 billion through the California Climate Commitment. This historic investment will support the development of zero-emission cars, trucks, buses, and charging infrastructure.

    California is already a leader in ZEV manufacturing, with 56 ZEV and related manufacturers in the state. The California Energy Commission has also provided substantial funding to support ZEV manufacturing and related components in the state. In the future, additional funds will be available to continue supporting the growth of the ZEV industry.

    California’s commitment to zero-emission vehicles and the installation of fast chargers has not only contributed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions but has also created economic opportunities. The state ranks fourth in worldwide sales of electric vehicles, after China, the United States, and Germany. California’s investments in clean vehicles and infrastructure will continue until 2035, ensuring convenient charging and refueling options throughout the state.

    Sources:
    – California Governor’s Press Office
    – California Energy Commission

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