California to Award $6 Million to Expand State’s Charging Infrastructure – Multi-Unit Dwellings and Workplace Charging Are Areas of Focus

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 8

California Lays Out How it Plans to Spend $6 Million to Grow its Charging Infrastructure

California Lays Out How it Plans to Spend $6 Million to Grow its Charging Infrastructure

While California clearly leads the nation in charging station installs, the state isn’t going to sit back and relax while other states try to play catch up.

It's Not Easy to Find a Charger at Most Multi-Unit Dwellings

It’s Not Easy to Find a Charger at Most Multi-Unit Dwellings

California has a new focus now with this latest announcement that it’s offering a $6-million competitive grant solicitation to charge up its infrastructure.

Part of the focus this time is on bolstering the number of charging stations at workplaces and multi-unit dwellings (apartments and condominiums).

As the chart shows above, the money will be doled out across several different categories, which are explained below:

Destination Charging: This category is for destinations that attract drivers that travel “medium-to-long” distances from their home.  Vehicles tend to be parked here for more than one hour.

Corridor Charging: Corridor charging covers freeway and/or highway travel.

Workplace Charging: No explanation required.

Multi-Unit Dwellings: Includes a broad range of buildings from condominiums to high-rise apartments. MUDs could have private parking for each unit, a lot to park in or even streetside parking.

While destination and corridor charging is quite common in California, workplace and multi-unit charging is less so.  It’s out belief that these two areas should be focused on intensely over the coming years to promote EV adoption, so “thanks” goes to California for getting it right again.

Source: Green Car Congress

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8 responses to "California to Award $6 Million to Expand State’s Charging Infrastructure – Multi-Unit Dwellings and Workplace Charging Are Areas of Focus"

  1. Bill Howland says:

    I wonder if they are serious or if this is a public relations thing only. If you look at the chart, 2, 3, 5, or 8 people could exhaust the statewide funding available.

    I thought the State of California was strapped for money? Instead of $6 million, I’m not sure even $6 Billion would make much of a dent (although you’d notice it compared to the $6 million here).

    1. CherylG says:

      Agreed, the numbers involved here are de minimis.

      1. io says:

        Still beats 0$ anytime…

  2. MDEV says:

    I live in Virginia, I wish we could have this kind of thinking.

  3. Evil Attorney says:

    Glad to see CA is throwing some money at these problems. I have experienced first-hand the issues of charging in a MUD in LA. It took over 2 years to get my L2 charger installed in my condo. There are so many concerns and complications, and unfortunately, most HOAs and their management are not equipped to sort them out.

  4. scott moore says:

    If California would simply require each permanent resident have available, within reasonable distance, say 15-20 feet, a 220v plug that would solve the MUD issue overnight.

    – 220v plugs are common currency (no pun intended). Electricians know how to wire them, all they need is to run another phase line (220v is two 110v lines), and there are even 220v plug types that handle the full 30-40 amps required for unrestricted L2 charging. At home depot in fact.

    – Providing just a plug would keep everyone out of the charger standard wars. Carry your own 220v charger.

    – Residents could handle the run of cable from 15-20 feet, resulting in one plug or plug set servicing 3-4 bays.

    – Portable chargers using 220v are commonly available, since Europe uses them. The one for my leaf looks like the standard 110v portable charger.

    – The cost savings would allow subsides/landlord requirements to spread to many more parking spaces.

    1. Benjamin says:

      Agreed

  5. kdawg says:

    ” the focus this time is on bolstering the number of charging stations at workplaces and multi-unit dwellings”
    ————

    Yay.. they finally get it. Chargers at car dealerships are meaningless IMO.

    They should also offer $ for L1 chargers for these places where cars are parked for 8+ hours. The $6 million would go much further.