Bringing Fast Electric Vehicle Charging to Underserved Communities in California

One of the biggest challenges in the transition to electric vehicles is to make the transition as fair as possible. As with most new technologies, electric vehicles come at a steep price (at the cash register – not over the life of the vehicle). In general, new cars are an upper middle class purchase, or at least a middle class purchase (depending on the circumstances). The good news is that more and more electric vehicles are hitting the used car market, and with enough depreciation, they’re a great option for lowering your transportation costs. Cars aside, however, an EV driver needs somewhere to charge, and many less favored parts of the public don’t have a way to charge at home. A collaboration in California is working to improve the situation of these people and facilitate the transition to electric.

To be specific, California’s largest electric utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), initiated the program. Electric vehicle charging leader EV Connect has just commissioned its first two projects under the program. This includes 8 Tritium 50 kW DC fast chargers, located between a United Park convenience store in Chowchilla, CA, and a convenience store operated by SWS Fuel in Madera, CA. In total, EV Connect will deploy over 40 DC fast chargers under this program. This includes moderate power 50kW chargers like the ones above as well as fast chargers with a capacity of up to 180kW. A total of 10 sites have been awarded for the deployment of fast electric vehicle charging, of which 8 are pending implementation.

“As a seller in the EV fast charging program of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), EV Connect has worked alongside the utility and with multiple partners, including Gilbarco Veeder-Root, the world’s leading manufacturer of refueling and convenience store equipment and technology, to identify sites and deploy charging stations,” EV Connect writes.

As for the sites where EV Connect installed chargers have just been announced, there are of course fairness reasons for choosing them. This is the purpose of the program. “The SWS Fuel store was chosen for its 24/7 hours of operation, location in an economically disadvantaged community, and proximity to California State Route 99,” EV Connect adds.

“We are excited to participate in the program and work alongside an industry leader like EV Connect to roll out charging stations across the state,” said Rajdeep Singh, Principal at SWS Fuel. “This collaboration positions us for wider adoption of electric vehicles and directly supports our mission to build a cleaner transportation future in California.”

This program took years to prepare. In 2018, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the state’s utility regulator, approved a $22.4 million PG&E plan to expand electric vehicle charging, especially in communities. disadvantaged. Four years later, we are beginning to see the fruits of this. In total, the goal is to install 200 DC fast chargers, with at least 25% in disadvantaged communities. In addition, additional discounts will be offered to eligible program participants.

Here is EV Connect’s business case for why it is the best partner for this program: “EV Connect will provide certified charging hardware, installation and operations support resources, and its network management platform EV charging system based on open standards at PG&E EV Fast. Load program participants. With automated data reporting, program participants who choose EV Connect will benefit from the company’s extensive experience in project management, joint marketing and compliance with utility requirements. With EV Connect, participants can choose from a wide range of electric vehicle power equipment (EVSE) from multiple manufacturers, which can then be centrally managed and monitored with advanced charging station analytics using of the EV Connect platform. The EV Connect platform is also OpenADR compliant in anticipation of advanced grid management requirements such as demand response. For more information on how EV Connect works with utilities, please visit www.evconnect.com/utility.

Note that we hosted a webinar earlier this year with EV Connect on attracting and retaining residents with electric vehicle charging. Check it out for more information on what EV Connect does and why it’s a top choice for this program:


 


 

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