Electrify America Receives Ok For Second $200 Million Investment In CA

DEC 14 2018 BY TOM MOLOUGHNEY 14

More dieselgate settlement money approved for spending.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved Electrify America’s second-cycle $200 million investment plan for zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and education programs. This portion of the plan was expected to be voted on in last month’s meeting, but due to time constraints the Board pushed the vote to December’s meeting, which took place Thursday, December 13th.

In last month’s meeting, CARB did have enough time to present their analysis of the plan to the Board and recommended its approval, so the approval at this month’s meeting was expected. This new cycle of investment will see Electrify America shift from mostly installing DC Fast charging stations along major highway corridors, to installing both DC Fast charge and Level 2 charging stations in mostly urban metropolitan locations. This effort is intended to serve EV owners that live in multi-family dwellings, and do not have the ability to charge at home.

Electrify America – 2nd 30-month Investment Cycle

 

  • Next 30-Month Investment Cycle of $200 million will focus on DC fast charging in more metro areas, adding charging for regional routes and strengthening highway networks
  • Plan also includes investments for charging stations to support ZEV bus, fleet and ride hail services, as well as residential and autonomous charging, and renewable generation for charging stations
  • California also will see rural L2 charging investments added

 

Electrify America’s Cycle-2 Plan for California

For full details of the plan, we’ve posted Electrify America’s full press here:

Sacramento, CA (Dec. 13, 2018) – Electrify America’s plan to invest its second $200 million in California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure and education programs was approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on Thursday, December 13.

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 through Dec. 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 California ZEV Investment Plan approved by CARB outlines Electrify America’s second $200 million investment in California. Electrify America is committed to investing $800 million in ZEV projects through four investment cycles over a 10 year period.

“I am extremely proud of the Electrify America team as we are on track with our Cycle 1 infrastructure investments,” Palazzo said. “We are excited to help expand California’s EV charging network and begin implementation of the new technology plans outlined in Cycle 2.”

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 percent of Cycle 2 investments are in low-income or disadvantaged communities[1].

Highlights of the California Cycle 2 ZEV Investment Plan include:

Metropolitan Areas: The central focus of electric vehicle charging infrastructure investment in Cycle 2 will shift to more DC Fast Charging (DCFC) stations within metro areas, where electric vehicle (EV) drivers are expected to charge most often. Electrify America will invest in these new metro areas added for Cycle 2:

  •  Riverside-San Bernardino
  •  Santa Cruz-Watsonville
  •  Santa Rosa

In Cycle 2, Electrify America also will continue to invest in the six Cycle 1 metros:

  •  Fresno
  •  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim
  •  Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade
  •  San Diego-Carlsbad
  •  San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward
  •  San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara

These metro areas are expected to account for 89 percent of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in operation through 2022, according to a 2017 Navigant report. The DC Fast Charging stations will be placed in retail locations but also consider the needs of adjacent multi-unit dwellings where Level 2 (L2) residential charging deployment is oftentimes challenging. Electrify America also will invest in DCFC stations specifically targeting shared mobility drivers – car share, taxis, and transportation networking company (TNC) drivers.

  • Highways & Regional Routes: The new Cycle 2 investments announced today will continue to build out a highway network of DCFC stations featuring charging power up to 350 kilowatts which can recharge a vehicle at up to 20 miles of range per minute. This will include building new sites connecting regional destinations, such as supporting travel to the Sierra Mountain communities and destinations like Lake Havasu.
  • Residential: The primary, most convenient, and cost efficient option for many drivers is residential charging. The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy reports that EV drivers conduct ‘more than 80 percent of their charging at home.’ However, the cost and complexity of installing home charging can be a barrier to ZEV adoption for some buyers, especially in low-income communities. To address this need, Electrify America will develop a comprehensive residential charging solution.

First, Electrify America will develop an online tool that promotes and connects EV buyers with the wide range of residential charging incentives and rebates already available in California and simplifies the application process. This program will be designed to integrate with CARB’s recently announced ‘one-stop-shop,’ which focuses on incentives for the ZEV purchase itself, and together these offerings will provide customers support throughout the entire purchase process.

In addition, Electrify America will offer ‘no-money-down’ residential chargers and installation, enabling buyers who cannot or choose not to pay for the L2 charger installation at home. The cost of installation will be incorporated into a monthly fee.

Finally, Electrify America will develop a platform that will allow drivers with a home charger to potentially offset their electric bills by plugging in and supporting a demand response platform for grid electric power stability.

  • Bus and Shuttle Charging: To help spur adoption in this sector, Electrify America plans to collaborate with transit operators to provide charging infrastructure at depots, layover points, and on key routes. This approach offers another means of serving disadvantaged and low-income populations that rely on public transportation.
  • Rural: To further support the adoption of ZEVs in rural communities in California, Electrify America will deploy L2 chargers in rural areas with a potential focus on health care facilities and education institutions located in the Central, Coachella and Imperial Valleys.
  •  Autonomous: To support the growth of autonomous ZEVs, Electrify America will build up to two commercial deployments of charging stations for autonomous electric vehicles where this need is emerging.
  • Renewable Generation: Electrify America will invest in renewable generation for select stations to help to reduce station operating costs and reduce the carbon content for EV recharging which is consistent with California’s broader air quality goals.
  • Education and Awareness: In Cycle 2, Electrify America will invest in additional education, awareness, and outreach activities to help drive ZEV adoption. Efforts will primarily focus on boosting awareness and consideration by informing the general public on the benefits of ZEVs through traditional media advertising, similar to Electrify America’s Cycle 1 “JetStones” TV/radio campaign. Electrify America’s marketing outreach will continue to coordinate with ZEV awareness initiatives by collaborating with key non-profit organizations like Veloz.

Electrify America also will work to generate awareness of its charging network to promote station utilization through digital activations and targeted digital media interactions such as paid search and web banners for specific groups most likely to be able to utilize the Electrify America charging network.

Electrify America will continue to support the Green City Initiative in Sacramento called Sac-to-Zero. This initiative, which includes two ZEV car share programs, two BEV bus/shuttle services, and substantial investments in associated charging infrastructure, will showcase new uses of ZEV technology while promoting increased ZEV usage across many channels serving low-income or disadvantaged communities. While these programs are funded in Cycle 1, the services – and benefits – of this $44 million Cycle 1 investment will launch and be fully operational during Cycle 2. Electrify America will provide strategic guidance and operational support for these services over the course of Cycle 2.

The Cycle 2 California ZEV Investment Plan benefited from collaboration with the California Air Resources Board and Staff and a comprehensive national outreach period, during which Electrify America received more than 800 submissions and spoke with more than 100 individual submitters. The company held community meetings across California focused on local government and community-based organizations, and engaged with California’s leading academics at UC Davis, UCLA and the National Laboratories.

The public version of the California Cycle 2 ZEV Investment Plan is available at: https://www.electrifyamerica.com/news-updates

Editor’s Note Electrify America 30-month Investment Cycles:

Cycle 1                  Jan. 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019

Cycle 2                  July 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2021

Cycle 3                  Jan. 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024

Cycle 4                  July 1, 2024 – Dec. 31, 2026

About Electrify America:

Electrify America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America headquartered in Reston, VA and with an office in Pasadena, CA, is investing $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access. The investment will enable millions of Americans to discover the benefits of electric driving and support the build-out of a nationwide network of workplace, community and highway chargers that are convenient and reliable. For more information, visit www.electrifyamerica.com

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14 Comments on "Electrify America Receives Ok For Second $200 Million Investment In CA"

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When is EA’s Nationwide plan for cycle 2 due? I’m sure they are working on it, but they haven’t released anything yet.

What is the sense of this charging stations having 2 CCS plugs, but only one parking lot available?! Only one station in the far back has a blue CHAdeMO plug as second plug.
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Somebody can correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that one side is 150kW and the other is 350kW. (The two power levels are priced differently). But I have yet to see one of these in person.

Every charger has two plugs. You can use either, depending on which reaches your car more easily.

Unless you need Chademo, in which case there’s only one at the whole site. Better hope it’s working….

Not mentioned in the article is that CARB’s allowed EA to remove all previously-mandated funding for new hydrogen fuel stations from Cycle 2 and focus solely on BEV infrastructure. Could this mean that CARB has accepted reality and given up on the “dream” of a hydrogen highway and will allow the faltering FCV “movement” to die a natural death?

Yup!

Yes, CARB has finally realized that subsidizing Big Oil’s hydrogen hoax dreams of keeping customers tied to their distribution and fueling networks is stupid and wrong.

If Big Oil wants to spend the billions to trillions of dollars establishing the necessary H2 networks to make it viable for millions of fool cell vehicles to travel everywhere then so be it.

I have a feeling that Big Oil has no intention of spending this money and would rather bribe the government to subsidize their infrastructure and thankfully CARB has cut these staggeringly wealthy leaches off here.

I’m glad there not funding hydrogen stations what was the main thing was that you could build ten of these super ten stall charging stations for the cost of one hydrogen station and at the same time there were twenty times more EV’s that could use it.

The biggest fear I have about hydrogen and the same thing goes for the hyperloop is I’m worried that both things will devour tens of millions to hundreds of millions of public dollars and turn into dead ends.

Hydrogen is clearly shaping up to be a dead end now that it is being cut off from the tens of millions of dollars of government funding.

There are 50 states in the USA – not just Cali. The investments are too California focused.

https://www.electrifyamerica.com/our-plan
“Over a 10-year period ending in 2027, Electrify America will invest $2 billion in ZEV infrastructure, access, and education programs in the United States. Of this $2 billion, we are investing $800 million in California, one of the largest ZEV markets in the world. We will invest $1.2 billion in the remainder of the United States, providing support to current electric vehicle owners and those interested in learning more about the benefits of driving electric vehicles.”

See my first comment on this page.

EA has two sets of plans – one for CA and one for the rest of the USA. They have to release their nationwide cycle 2 plan soon, but I don’t know when exactly. Maybe they were waiting for CARB to sign off on the CA plan before finalizing it?

40% of VW Group’s Dirty Diesels were sold in California because they duped Californians into thinking they were “clean.”

Ergo, 40% of the restitution monies must be spent in California by settlement with California AND Federal prosecutors.

Good plan