California Reaches Another EV Milestone With 100,000 Public Chargers

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: 100,000 public or shared private electric vehicle chargers have been placed around California, in addition to over 500,000 at-home chargers.

This comes only weeks after the adoption of a $1.9 billion plan to expand and improve the charging network.

SACRAMENTO: Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that California has installed more than 100,000 public and shared private electric vehicle chargers statewide, just weeks after unprecedented funding was approved to build the country’s most extensive network of charging and refueling infrastructure for zero-emission cars, trucks, and buses.

This is in addition to the more than 500,000 at-home chargers that California residents have placed for personal usage.

Sales of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) have increased by more than 1,000% during the last decade.

California Reaches Another EV Milestone With 100,000 Public Chargers

Last year, one out of every four new cars sold in California had zero emissions.

Last year, the state also exceeded its goals of selling 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles and installing 10,000 fast chargers for electric vehicles, both of which were completed ahead of schedule.

“No other state in the nation is doing as much as California to make our tailpipe-free future a reality.
With more zero-emission vehicles sold last year than ever before and more than 100,000 public chargers installed, California dominates in this space.”
Governor Gavin Newsom

BUILDING A BIGGER, BETTER NETWORK

This milestone comes after the state approved a $1.9 billion investment plan to speed progress toward its electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling goals.

The proposal explains how the money will be used, with at least half going to neighborhoods disproportionately affected by pollution. With this investment, the state intends to meet its goal of 250,000 public chargers within the next few years.

Caltrans broke ground today on a $450,000 Clean California transit project in Blythe, which will transform a litter-strewn public space into a transportation hub with a solar-powered EV charging station, among other amenities.

Last Monday, California celebrated the grand launch of a truck charging station and 50 battery-electric trucks, which received $27 million in state funding.

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The financing is part of California’s $48 billion climate commitment, which includes more than $10 billion for ZEVs and infrastructure. The Biden-Harris Administration has also given the state billions of dollars to invest in clean transportation.

Last year, Governor Gavin Newsom approved legislation to establish a dedicated source of funding for ZEV infrastructure through 2035.

Tesla said yesterday that it had opened its Supercharger network to non-Tesla vehicles for the first time, starting with Ford, and will expand to others in the coming months. This dramatically increases public access to fast, dependable chargers across the state.

To improve the EV charging experience, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is drafting the world’s first state laws for charger dependability and reporting.

All new publicly sponsored infrastructure will be subject to a stringent performance standard, and charges will be forced to share operating data to assist drivers in making more educated decisions.

CALIFORNIA’S ZEV RECORD

ZEV sales have increased rapidly since the Governor’s executive order in 2020, which called for a law requiring all new automobile sales to have zero emissions by 2035.

  • The California Energy Commission (CEC) said that ZEVs accounted for 25% of all new automobile sales in California last year.
  • 1,846,874 ZEV sales to date.
  • According to the Veloz EV Market Report, California accounts for 34% of all new ZEV sales in the United States.
  • If California were a country, we’d rank fourth in EV sales after China, the United States, and Germany.
  • Low-income Californians can apply for subsidies and refunds worth thousands of dollars (additional information at ClimateAction.ca.gov).
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