California-based charging ChargePoint has announced a partnership with non-profit Charge Across Town and the state of California to deploy hundreds of EV chargers at apartment buildings and condo complexes across the state.
“As a company that was founded in California and is headquartered here, we’re honored to work with the California Energy Commission and Charge Across Town to build reliable, equitable, and accessible EV charging infrastructure for Californians,” said John Schott, ChargePoint’s Director, Public Private Partnerships. “Driving electric should be possible for everyone, and this partnership recognizes that charging should be accessible where drivers live, work and play.”
As part of this work, ChargePoint has been awarded $4.25 million through the California Energy Commission’s Reliable, Equitable, and Accessible Charging for Multifamily Housing (REACH) program. Under the program, ChargePoint will partner with multifamily property owners and managers to install hundreds of CPF50 and CT4000 electric vehicle charging ports, and 75 percent of these will be reserved for buildings in disadvantaged or low-income communities.
ChargePoint will also work with Charge Across Town to educate building owners and residents about the benefits of EVs and smart charging infrastructure. Charge Across Town’s work will include educational events at each building before and after EV chargers are installed and ongoing efforts to collect feedback from building management.
“One barrier to EV adoption is the inaccessibility to home charging,” said Maureen Blanc, Director at Charge Across Town. “Working with ChargePoint in low-income and disadvantaged communities, we have the opportunity to educate both multifamily building owners and residents on how EV charging works, the affordability and benefits of going electric, and the many state and local incentives available to these communities.”