Several prominent firms in the EV charging industry have formed the Electric Vehicle Charging Association (EVCA), a non-profit trade association created to encourage continued innovation in the field, advocate for pro-EV policies, and serve as a resource for information and expertise.
The founding members of EVCA are ABM, ChargePoint, Clean Fuel Connection, Envision Solar, EV Connect, NRG EVgo, Plugless Power, SeaWave Battery, and Volta, all of which are headquartered or have a significant presence in California.
California leads the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, technology, and services,” noted ChargePoint VP Colleen Quinn. “The continued growth and diversity of this industry is critical to meeting California’s ambitious clean air and climate protection goals, and the EV industry supports more than 2,000 California jobs.”
“Ubiquitous charging is critical to the mass adoption of electric vehicles,” said NRG EVgo VP Terry O’Day. “The charging industry is committed to making electric vehicles accessible to everyone and to improving and simplifying the charging experience.”
The new group has released a report called The State of the Charge, documenting the industry’s rapid growth in California and the economic opportunity it presents for the state.
According to the new report, there are now more than 20,000 charging outlets in California, including 9,000 public and workplace locations. The Golden State represents 40% of the US EV market, and the industry is expected to generate $4.5 billion in California sales by 2023. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law SB 350, which includes provisions to expand charging networks.
“Innovation of the electric vehicle charging industry is essential to making electric vehicles the transportation mode of choice, and our companies are leading the way,” said Plugless Power CEO Rebecca Hough. “EVCA will work with a broad group of leaders and stakeholders for the innovative solutions needed to effectively and rapidly scale EV charging.”