Forward progress to electrify US highways

Jon Lawson

Electrify America’s plan to invest its second $200 million in California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure and education programs has been approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). 

In finding that Electrify America’s Cycle 2 California ZEV Investment Plan meets or exceeds all requirements of the 2.0L Partial Consent Decree, CARB moved forward the company’s plans for DC fast-charging in more metro areas, adding charging for regional routes, and strengthening highway networks. The plan also includes investments for charging stations to support ZEV bus fleets and ride hail services, as well as residential and autonomous vehicle charging. The company also will invest in rural Level 2 charging. Implementation for Cycle 2 will begin on July 1, 2019, and continue to December 31, 2021.

“Electrify America is pleased that CARB has approved the Cycle 2 California ZEV Investment Plan,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and chief executive officer of Electrify America. “We appreciate the guidance, collaboration and attention to detail provided by the CARB team.”

The Cycle 2 plan builds on Electrify America’s initial priorities and expands into new areas, where the need for electric vehicle charging stations and technology are greatest or are most likely to be used regularly. Consistent with the guidance of CARB, Electrify America will strive to ensure that 35% of Cycle 2 investments are in low-income or disadvantaged communities.

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