Workers put the finishing touches on installing a plug-in electric vehicle charger that is part of the West Coast Electric Highway. Image Credit: Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition.

EV Connect Awarded $1.8M Contract For Completion Of Part Of West Coast Electric Highway

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

The electric vehicle charging solutions company EV Connect has been awarded a $1.8 million contract by the California Energy Commission to complete new parts of the West Coast Electric Highway, according to an email sent to EVObsession and CleanTechnica.

Image credit: West Coast Electric Highway

The recently awarded contract stipulates the creation of 11 new dual electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging and Level 2 charging stations — to be built along segments of the California 99 and Interstate 5 highways.

In addition to the aforementioned charging station construction, EV Connect will also be managing the stations in question. All of the stations being built will be required to feature one or two 50 kW Dual-Standard DC Fast Chargers (featuring both an SAE Combo and CHAdeMO connector) and at least one 7.2 kW dual-head Level 2 charger equipped with standard J1772 connectors.

Station sites will reportedly include Hilton Hotels, Staples locations, and Pilot Flying J Travel Centers, among others.

“The West Coast Electric Highway is an important component in the rapidly increasing adoption of electric vehicles within North America, particularly for inter-city travel,” stated EV Connect CEO Jordan Ramer. “EV Connect’s deep experience in the management of the entire EV ecosystem will provide an efficient, reliable and easy-to-use experience.”

That is certainly true, as one of the primary stumbling blocks to wider EV adoption is the lack of charging infrastructure.

For more information on the other recent winning bids for the West Coast Electric Highway see: California Energy Commission Awards $8.9 Million To 4 Companies For Development Of West Coast Electric Highway.

More information on EV Connect can be found at the company’s website.

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8 thoughts on “EV Connect Awarded $1.8M Contract For Completion Of Part Of West Coast Electric Highway

  • Great start. 50kw is at the minimum limit for acceptable long range driving. That’s 150 – 200 miles in an hour at best. The new model 3 might approach that with over 4 mi/kWhr and 50 kWhr pack. Miles/ kWhr shows its importance in range, convenience, and cost. Time for mfrs to start paying attention.

    Did anyone notice that the Bolt price claim comes with a caveat that DCFC is an extra cost option?

    It’s not a low cost, long range EV unless it’s really true.

    • And, IIRC, after you pay extra for rapid charging ability you get only 90 miles in 30 minutes vs. Tesla’s 170 miles.

      13 days until we get a dose of Tesla 3 data. So looking forward to learning more.

      • DCFC is for local and long distance use. Superchargers are only for long distance use. Stop the FUD.

        • No FUD.

          There’s no rule against using Superchargers locally. Just a request to not overuse them.

          If you buy a $37,500 Bold then you have to pay extra for DCFC and you will not get Supercharge performance. Charging will be roughly half speed.

          We’ll have to wait a few more days to find out if Supercharging use is included in the purchase price of the $35,000 Tesla. Even if it costs and extra $2k (what Tesla charged for the Model S) it would still cost less than the Bolt.

    • Despite being more expensive than Model 3 for comparable features, Bolt will probably still sell quite well among people who (a) don’t want to wait for Model 3, (b) are nowhere near a Tesla service center, (c) prefer the styling, or (d) prefer GM for some other reason. There’s room in the market for it.

      • I dunno. Looks like a lot of people will happily wait for a Tesla.

      • Yes. Absolutely. LOL. I mean how many 200 mile sub 40k dollar EVs are there? The market is wide open. I am glad Chevy has made its bid. I just wish they were a bit more bold and I am worried that the charge rate might be battery limited. That has disappointing implications.

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