Electric Vehicle Charging Association Created In California

NOV 1 2015 BY MARK KANE 17

Electric Vehicle Charging Association (EVCA)

Electric Vehicle Charging Association (EVCA)

BMW i3 at Combo DC fast charger

BMW i3 at Combo DC fast charger

California has a new, not-for-profit trade association, focused around charging infrastructure – the Electric Vehicle Charging Association (EVCA), founded by:

  • ABM
  • ChargePoint
  • Clean Fuel Connection
  • Envision Solar
  • EV Connect
  • NRG EVgo
  • Plugless Power
  • SeaWave Battery
  • Volta

The reason behind creation of EVCA is to:

“…achieve clean transportation by advancing continued innovation in the EV charging industry.  EVCA, the first coalition in California and the nation to promote the EV charging industry, concurrently announced release of The State of the Charge, a report documenting the charging industry’s rapid growth in California and the significant economic opportunity it presents for the state.”

“In creating the trade association, the electric vehicle charging industry is taking an important step to help shape California’s growing EV infrastructure, advocate for policies to advance clean transportation, and serve as a resource for information and expertise. Efforts will focus on creating an environment that maintains the highest levels of innovation and creates maximum value for electric vehicle drivers.”

The State of the Charge report (see here) brings some interesting insights about charging infrastructure growth:

Stats from the State of the Charge report

Stats from the State of the Charge report

charging stations everywhere

charging stations everywhere

“According to The State of the Charge, there are now more than 9,000 public and workplace charging outlets in California, and thousands more in residences – more than 20,000 total. The number of public/workplace charging outlets in California has grown by 652% since 2011. With 150,000 electric vehicles on its highways, California has 40% of the U.S. electric vehicle market, and the industry is expected to generate roughly $4.5 billion in California sales and services by 2023. Gov. Jerry Brown has called for one million zero-emission vehicles in California by 2020 and recently signed into law SB 350 to expand EV charging.”

Terry O’Day, Vice President West Region NRG EVgo said:

“Ubiquitous charging is critical to the mass adoption of electric vehicles. The charging industry is committed to making electric vehicles accessible to everyone and to improving and simplifying the charging experience.”

Colleen Quinn, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy for ChargePoint commented:

California leads the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, technology, and services. The continued growth and diversity of this industry is critical to meeting California’s ambitious clean air and climate protection goals, and the EV industry supports more than 2,000 California jobs.”

Scott Mercer, Founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Volta Charging remarked:

“The electric vehicle industry faces both tremendous challenges and opportunities as more and more electric vehicles hit the road in California. Bringing together a wealth of talent and entrepreneurial thinkers, EVCA can effectively drive new ways of making electric vehicle charging affordable, convenient, and accessible to everyone.  Paramount to these efforts will be the development of sound and bold policy that supports and enhances continued innovation for an effective charging infrastructure that drives further electric vehicle adoption in California.”

Rebecca Hough, CEO of Plugless Power said:

“Innovation of the electric vehicle charging industry is essential to making electric vehicles the transportation mode of choice, and our companies are leading the way. EVCA will work with a broad group of leaders and stakeholders for the innovative solutions needed to effectively and rapidly scale EV charging.”

Source: EVCA

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I’d like to see this on the national level. How about a nationwide CCS/Chademo 150kW charging infrastructure? That ought to create a lot of jobs.

For some reason, current Republicans don’t like to create infrastructure jobs. They would rather see us digging a big ditch through the country to benefit a Canadian pipeline company.

When discussing electric vehicle efficiency and charging costs, it is important to know how energy is measured and compared. A gallon of gas is approx. 114,000 BTU or 33.41 kWh/gal. So in the following table: $/kWh $/gallon equivalent (1 gal=33.40kWh) .07 cents $2.338 gal .08 cents $2.670 gal .09 cents $3.006 gal .10 cents $3.340 gal .11 cents $3.674 gal .12 cents $4.000 gal .13 cents $4.342 gal .14 cents $4.670 gal .15 cents $5.010 gal .16 cents $5.344 gal .17 cents $5.678 gal .18 cents $6.012 gal .19 cents $6.346 gal .20 cents $6.680 gal .25 cents $8.350 gal .27 cents $9.018 gal .28 cents $9.352 gal .29 cents $9.686 gal .30 cents $10.020 gal we can see at 10 cents per kWh (roughly the price SCE charges for charging an electric car at home), we are at least up to the national average price for a gallon of gas ($3.34). Sure, at times gas is more expensive, and recently it was less expensive. But for the sake of discussion, let’s assume a gallon of gas is $3.34/gallon. According to the EPA, how far an electric car would go on 33.7 kWh would be the MPGe number you see… Read more »

Some of the Blink stations around here charge .59 cents per kWh. For level 2! If I am going to spend $20/gallon equivalent, that means it would be just as inexpensive in fuel costs to drive an 18mpg ICE vehicle! One that can go 300+ miles, and fill up in minutes. Public charging costs need to be much more reasonably price, and unfortunately, it is probably going to take government mandates for the utility companies to follow to accomplish this.

Elroy- your dollar calcs are off because they don’t take into account efficiencies of the gasoline and electric cars you are comparing. In fact, 10cents/kWh is equivalent to $1/gallon. A general rule of thumb is that every ten cents in electricity prices is roughly equal to $1 per gallon of gasoline equivalence ($0.10 /kWh= $1/gallon, $0.20=$2, etc.).

0.10 $/kWh x 0.35 kWh/mile x 29 miles/gal = 1.01 $/gal-eq

In other words, to go 100 miles on electricity at 0.10 $/kWh would cost $3.50. To go 100 miles in an ICE equivalent vehicle at an incredibly low $3 per gallon would cost $10.34. Therefore, electricity is a third of the cost.

How about California stoping all the big talk, and get working on installing the DC fast chargers for their part of the west coast electric highway?


Agree, it’s not about numbers of charging stations, but how effectively they are being used! Think OR, GA and WA deliver more kWh per session because the have a greater ratio of DC Quick Charging station to Fast Charger (AC L2) in comparison to CA.

Also a greater percentage of the state highways provide extended range (DC Quick Charging) in HI, OR, GA, and WA vs. CA. Unfortunately there are only 2 DCQC north of Sacramento; leaving upper half of California without much EV accessibility.

That’s kind of a different topic, but California IS working on that – you have a little over two weeks to propose to the California Energy Commission how you would spend about $10M in total to deploy DCFC stations across a number of crucial North-South corridors in the state:

How about putting down some basic reasonable rules about charging? Heres my list:

1. Allow anyone to run a simple credit card to pay. No sign ups, monthly charges, etc. Ie., exactly like gas cars do. I have freaking 6 network cards in my car, all with varying terms.

2. Charge by the KWH. Again, just like gas cars. No idiotic minimums, charge by time, or other idiocies.

3. List the price per KWH clearly on the charger.

These three things would significantly boost the ease of use of these chargers. Notice I did NOT say to specify a price for everyone (price control). Just make it CLEAR what is being charged for, and get RID of the gimmics, like charge by time and those ^^&*%&% monthly signup plans.

How far would gas cars have got if you needed to make a special deal with each type of gas station you used? How about if they required you stay at the station for an hour?

The charger industry has to rationalize at some point. How about NOW.


Charge by kWh and by time spent not charging – maybe first 1 hour free but $10/h after that to prevent blocking by lazy people.

Yes, variable pricing (NOT by linear kWh) is useful for customer scheduling and stall management.

Depends. You WANT people to move their cars, not park there. And KWH pricing encourages people to move after they get what they want. 1 hour minimum times encourage people to sit and occupy a spot. Then, all you need is to make it clear that leaving the car there for significant time without charging gets you a ticket.

Scott, I totally agree with you on all three parts.

I believe that the main reason credit cards are not accepted at the EVSE is due to the credit card network fees. These fees vary based on volume and typical transaction totals. In low volume cases the fees may be something like 3-3.5% + $0.25 per transaction. So if a typical charge session on a L2 unit is $2/hr on average, then the charging network provider might have to give up as much as $0.32 for a one hour session.

As for the pricing per kWh, this will require laws to change in many states, to allow non-utility companies to resell electricity.

Yes, credit cards simply don’t make sense for micropayment. Heck, a growing number of restaurants are no longer taking credit, due to the ever-increasing fees and overheads.

This article puts much focuses on “numbers of charging station”, when most issues today relate to accessibility and quality of service.

Public charging stations need to be dedicated to EV charging (no ICE or other parking) with access 24/7 and have multiple charging outlets to provide redundancy.

It doesn’t matter how many charger are deployed if the should be ICE (or non-charging EV parked), out-of-service stations, or there is no way to access because a membership account or key-card is needed.

This is certainly a step in the right direction!

Here’s hoping that the EVCA becomes a national organization, and that it pushes for an actual charging standard, as well as the standardized payment structure others here have pointed out is not merely desirable, but necessary.