California reaches 100,000 public EV charger milestone

Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that California has surpassed 100,000 public and shared private EV chargers in operation, in addition to more than half a million installed in homes.

The announcement comes on the heels of approval of a $1.9-billion investment plan to accelerate both hydrogen refueling and the state’s goal of reaching 250,000 public EV chargers in the next few years. At least 50% of the investment will be designated to benefit communities disproportionately affected by pollution. The funding is part of the $48-billion California Climate Commitment, which includes more than $10 billion for zero-emission vehicles and infrastructure.

Last year, one-quarter of California’s new car sales, or about 1.5 million vehicles, were zero-emission, and the state surpassed its goal of installing 10,000 fast EV chargers. Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill to provide a dedicated source of funding for EV infrastructure through 2035.

“To improve the EV charging experience, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is developing first-in-the-world state regulations for charger reliability and reporting. A stringent performance standard will apply to all new publicly funded infrastructure and the chargers will be required to disclose operational data to help drivers make more informed choices,” according to the Governor’s office.

Source: Office of the Governor


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