More Public Chargers Are Always Welcome

More Public Chargers Are Always Welcome

The California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program has decided to award 10 grants worth a total of $3.5 million to fund the install of 181 public charging stations.

As Green Car Congress states, the 181 chargers will "be installed along California highway corridors, and at destination locations, workplaces, and multifamily buildings. The approved recipients are Clean Fuel Connection, Bio-Rad Laboratories, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Redwood Coast Energy Authority, California EV Alliance, CSU Fresno Foundation, City of Coronado, City of Torrance, Southern California Public Power Authority, and Bay Area Air Quality Management District."

Additionally, the Energy Commission will award $2.3 million for a vehicle-to-grid demonstration test:

"Heavy duty, vehicle-to-grid fleet: A $2.3-million contract to the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will help fund demonstration of an all-electric, heavy duty, non-tactical vehicle-to-grid (V2G) fleet at Moffett Field near San Jose."

Some money is being set aside for hydrogen fueling stations too, but it's only $1.2 million and all of that money will go "for the operation and maintenance of hydrogen refueling stations throughout the state,"  which leads us to believe that the hydrogen fueling infrastructure will be incredibly expensive to operate and maintain.  Separately, California is handing out $46.6 million to build out the state's hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

Of the 181 charging stations, 33 will be DC fast charging spots.  Full details on the plan can be found here.

Source: Green Car Congress, hat tip to Brian!