California Approves Additional $1 Million In Funding For Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

3 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 16

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Cause every little bit helps out, right?:

Electric vehicle charging stations

California has a goal to get 1.5 zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) on the road by 2025. Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) has already allocated nearly $400 million to help bolster statewide ZEV infrastructure and create a viable market for these vehicles. Today, the commission approved $1 million in ARFVTP funding to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Encinitas and Sonoma County. Corridor Power, Inc was awarded nearly $500,000 to install 10 electric vehicle fast chargers in Encinitas and the County of Sonoma was awarded $500,000 to renovate 10 existing electric vehicle chargers and install three new electric vehicle chargers.

Some say $1 million is equivalent to a rounding error, which may sort of be true, but California has had a lot of these rounding errors, resulting in charging stations being installed.  We’ll take these rounding errors one by one.  The job is still getting done.

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16 responses to "California Approves Additional $1 Million In Funding For Electric Vehicle Charging Stations"

  1. Nelson says:

    Put them in Hotel parking lots so that tourist have an opportunity to charge rented EV’s overnight. This will give car rental companies confidence to buy and rent EV’s which will lower their maintenance overhead.
    Win, Win!

    NPNS! SBF!
    Volt#671

    1. Nelson says:

      I meant Level 2 chargers.

    2. Spec9 says:

      Meh . . . just give hotels an incentive to install their own chargers. They should be installing chargers on their own to attract customers.

      1. Unplugged says:

        I’d be happy with hotels and motels just providing some 120 volt outlets. Many travelers stay at the hotel for 10 or more hours. We’re just asking for a little power here.

        But I see it now: WiFi $11.50 per day. 120 volt outlet $15.00 per day.

  2. ThombDBhomb says:

    “California has a goal to get 1.5 zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) on the road by 2025”

    I have a ZEV on the road in California. One more and we will exceed our goal!

    1. Spec9 says:

      I’ve got one too! WE’VE DONE IT!

      1. scott franco says:

        I think the half a car was referring to an electric motorcycle?

  3. Ocean Railroader says:

    They better put in at least 50 DC level 3 fast chargers along the major highways outside of the city cores. In that level two doesn’t cut it for long distance travel.

  4. ggpa says:

    “$500,000 to renovate 10 existing electric vehicle chargers and install three new electric vehicle chargers”

    Is it just me of are these prices very high?

    Especially the renovation part … Since they exist already, there should be hardly any site prep needed. Just buy and install the EVSEs

    1. Ocean Railroader says:

      I think a lot of the privet companies are paying no where near that cost for new chargers. I think this is a case of the contractors milking the California cheese cow. In that I bet if a contractor offered this price to a EV charging company the charging company would want their heads on a sliver plate for pulling the wool on them.

    2. srsf says:

      There’s no info on the type of charger (L2, DC). If an electrical upgrade is required it could easily runs $10,000s just to the utility and especially if it’s remote. A utility interconnection study alone can be $800 for the app, $2500 for a prelim study and $20K if they have to get detailed. THEN it can take 6 months to a year to get the work done. This all translates into overhead cost…

      The gear itself carries list prices of $3K to $7K for a commercial style unit with one or two plugs. Add some margin, site prep and conduit and $50K is not unreasonable

      1. Spec9 says:

        If it costs $10Ks to run the lines then they are installing in a bad place.

    3. Spec9 says:

      Yes . . . ridiculous. Lets say it is $200K for the 3 new ones and $30K a piece to ‘renovate’ old ones . . . completely ridiculous. The only way this makes sense is if they are all DC fast-chargers. But I’m sure they are not.

  5. Dave R says:

    Found the source of this news announcement:

    http://www.energy.ca.gov/releases/2014_releases/2014-08-27_business_meeting.html

    Encinitas – ARV-14-019 – details:

    http://www.energy.ca.gov/business_meetings/2014_packets/2014-08-27/Item_13a_ARV-14-019_Corridor_Power_Inc.pdf

    The Encinitas charging plaza concept was initially proposed by the Clinton Foundation to build an EV Fast Charging plaza pilot designed to be used as a guide for future similar stations.

    The average cost to install QC stations is around $50k/station, so grant awarded here seems fairly typical. I believe there was talk about integrating grid storage at the pilot station, too. All stations will be QC and a EV car-sharing service may use the stations.

    Sonoma County grant – ARV-14-020 – details:

    http://www.energy.ca.gov/business_meetings/2014_packets/2014-08-27/Item_13b_ARV-14-020_County_of_Sonoma.pdf

    I checked the addresses listed on the document using PlugShare. The renovation sites already have Chargepoint EVSEs that all appear to be functional. Half of them appear to not have frequent use. I am very curious as to what they will be doing at these locations with all that money. A renovation might mean they are swapping out the old EVSEs for the new dual-head Chargepoint stations. But you could buy at least 80 of those stations for $500k (yeah, Chargepoint has the most expensive EVSEs on the market but they do work and are generally reliable – one would think a county could negotiate a bulk deal).

    The 2 new sites (3 stations) do appear to fill in holes – no near by charging stations. But these stations can’t cost much more than $15k each (and that would be expensive – see the article about actual costs here: http://insideevs.com/how-much-do-public-and-home-ev-charging-stations-really-cost/).

    So I have no idea what Sonoma County is doing with $500k unless they are installing a lot more stations than they claim. I estimate that the work listed shouldn’t cost more than $145k at the most ($10k each to replace 10 stations, $15k each to install 3 new stations).

  6. mike w says:

    Only 1 million dollars for 10 new EVSEs and upgrade 10 existing units. And California hands $200 million dollars on a silver platter to Toyota( and others ) to build only 20 hydrogen fueling stations. What are the people in California’s government smoking?

  7. Phr3d says:

    yep, a million dollars worth of incentives for mo/hotels to install/maintain(free guest usage, front end $ for install, x $/mo if it remains functional) and then subsidizing EV rentals seems more equitable and valuable and get money Back from mo/hotel/auto taxation.