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West Coast Electric Highway Gets $9 Million Boost From California

Originally published on EV Obsession.

Nearly $9 million in new funding was awarded by the California Energy Commission to 4 companies (split via 9 different awards) to build electric vehicle fast-charging stations along major routes in the state, according to recent reports.

The new funding — $8,875,457, to be exact — will be used to create DC (direct current) fast-charging stations along Interstate 5 (I-5), State Route 99 (SR 99), and Highway 101 (US-101).

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Of the 9 awards mentioned above, ChargePoint won 3, EV Connect won 3, NRG EV Services won 2, and Recargo won 1. ChargePoint’s 3 awards totaled $3,739,615 (42% of all funding awarded); EV Connect’s awards totaled $1,843,179 (21% of all funding awarded); NRG EV Services’ 2 awards totaled $1,659,928 (19% of all funding awarded); and Recargo’s one award totaled $1,632,735 (18% of all funding awarded).

Green Car Congress provides more info:

The awards stem from a solicitation released in July 2015 (GFO-15-601), with the overall objective of completing the West Coast Electric Highway which stretches from British Columbia to Baja California. CEC received a total of 35 proposals requesting a combined $39,159,298.

The solicitation defined 7 primary and 2 secondary corridor segments. While both primary and secondary segments required networked charging equipment (EVSE), the primary segment required at least one CHAdeMO fast charger, one SAE CCS Fast Charger and one J1772-compliant Level 2 charger or one dual unit with both CHAdeMO AND SAE CCS connectors and (1) J1772-compliant Level 2 charger either as a separate unit or integrated. Secondary segment solutions were required to have one CHAdeMO fast charger and (1) J1772-compliant level 2 charger, although proposals also including an SAE CCS fast charger scored higher.

The California Energy Commission released a new solicitation (GFO-15-603) for DC fast chargers for California’s interregional corridors in January.

 
 
 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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