Recargo, parent company to the charger locator app PlugShare, has been awarded $1.6 million from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to help complete key routes of the West Coast Electric Highway (WCEH), a charging network that will eventually stretch from Canada to Mexico. Recargo is also investing some $575,000 of its own money in the project.
Recargo will be placing DC fast charging stations in Buellton, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, King City, Greenfield, Gonzales, and Gilroy. Each of the eight sites will include at least one 50 kW charger, compatible with both CCS and CHAdeMO, as well as one Level 2 station.
The sites will be located directly off US Highway 101 in safe, illuminated areas adjacent to amenities such as restaurants and convenience stores.
The CEC project will be complemented by a similar effort from the Monterey Bay Air Resources District, which plans to invest about $1.2 million over the next five years to add more DC fast charging stations in its tri-county area.
“We plan to link to other major corridors throughout California, helping enable EV drivers to travel throughout the state and ultimately wherever they want to go in their cars,” says Brian Kariger, Recargo’s CEO. “The funds being made available by the state and air districts will prove to be a major contributor to increasing the number of electric cars on our roadways.”