California regulator OKs $1.9B plan to expand zero-emission vehicle infrastructure

The California Energy Commission (CEC) on Wednesday approved a $1.9 billion plan to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle (EV) charging networks and hydrogen refueling stations across the state.

The investment will help strengthen light, medium and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure across the Golden State, with funding to be distributed over the next four years through the CEC. Clean Transportation Program.

“With more than one in four new cars sold in our state now being electric, the future of clean transportation has arrived,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). statement.

At least 50 percent of ZEV infrastructure will be directed to low-income and disadvantaged communities, which are often hit hardest by air pollution, the governor’s office emphasized.

According to the CEC, 40,000 new chargers are expected to be installed across the state at a total cost of $1.9 billion, adding to the nearly 94,000 public and shared private chargers currently installed. .

“We need to make sure this is zero-emissions refueling infrastructure for everyone,” said Patti Monahan, CEC’s chief transportation commissioner. statement.

“The state will invest significant funds to benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities, making chargers more accessible to the neediest communities and reducing pollution from trucks and buses. “We’re making sure we can do that,” Monaghan added.

According to the program, approximately $657.6 million will be earmarked for small EV charging equipment, $1.02 billion will support both battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell truck and bus infrastructure, and $130 million will support infrastructure for both battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell trucks and buses. The money will be used to strengthen zero-emission port infrastructure.

The total also includes $5 million for ZEV talent development and $46 million for other new opportunities.

In addition to authorizing these funds, the CEC on Wednesday also approved the results of the Legislature’s assessment that projects how much publicly available charging infrastructure the state will need to meet its long-term goals.

According to the assessment, by 2030, 7.1 million EVs will need 1 million chargers, and 155,000 electric trucks and buses will need 114,500 chargers. In five years, approximately 15.2 million EVs will require 2.1 million chargers, and 377,000 electric trucks and buses will require 264,000 chargers.

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