Recargo to help complete the West Coast Electric Highway


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.”


Source: Recargo

  • WayneC

    It’s not complete until they put chargers down interstate 5 from San Francisco Bay area to Los Angeles. No one takes highway 101 to LA, because it is at least an hour or two longer, and not freeway the whole way.

  • Eugene

    50 kW charger DCFC? Seriously! As my Spanish speaking friends would say ” That’s Juice-less!”

    • Matt Falcon

      You have any idea how powerful 50 kW really is? For charging a Leaf, 50kW chargers usually run at an average of 20kW due to the Leaf’s tiny-dick battery and how people often start charging while already at a high SOC (…I hate people). With bigger batteries, they provide many more miles-per-hour of charging (say, 175-200 miles per hour) as they can utilize a 50kW unit’s full potential. I for one would be perfectly happy with that on a 200-mile-range EV. It’s for road trips… not for everyday charging.

      50kW is a shitload of power.

      • Ed

        We need chargers that can give as much as the car can take. I believe Teslas can take above 140 Kwh at the start of charging, right?

        • Matt Falcon

          At the start, at low charge, at specific stations or times, and given that nobody is using the B station of the pair, yes, 140kW (not kWh) is available.

          No available production car other than Tesla is able to charge faster than 50kW at this time, though – the chargers are meeting the capabilities of cars and the power grid today; chargers themselves are not the bottleneck.

          • Ed

            I am a bit confused by your comment. 140Kw is a quantity of charge. 140 Kwh (kilowatts per hour) is a rate of charge. Which do you think is correct for this discussion?

          • Matt Falcon

            Heh, actually it’s exactly the opposite. kW (kilowatts) is a measure of power (“that’s a lot of power!”)- like speed (MPH). kWh (kilowatt-hours, not “kilowatts per hour”) is a measure of energy (“that uses a lot of energy!”) – like distance/miles. So kW is the proper term to be discussing here. 😉

          • Ed

            Well knock me down! Maybe I have been wrong all these years.

  • Ramon A. Cardona

    I support EV’s but like expensive bike lanes that mostly get limited use on weekends, except with,Tesla vehicles, traveling over 200 miles, as an example, is a task that requires patience. 50 kW DCFC units are acceptable as to price so more can be deployed.

  • Danny Edward Villa