Construction on the “DRIVETHEARC” electric vehicle fast-charging station corridor — to span from Monterey to Lake Tahoe in Northern California — began this week. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place in El Dorado Hills, according to an email sent to CleanTechnica and EV Obsession.
Once completed, by March 2017, the new DRIVETHEARC electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging station corridor will be comprised of 50 individual stations, spread across 20 different high-traffic locations. The buildout is intended to facilitate long-distance, inter-city EV travel within Northern California.
Interestingly, as some background, the project is the result of an international partnership between Japan’s public R&D organization, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and the State of California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.
In addition to the two parties above, Nissan Motor Company, Nissan North America, EVgo, and the information technology firm Kanematsu are all involved. EVgo is in charge of the actual station buildout itself.
The email provides some more information: “An integrated international cooperation, NEDO is funding the DRIVETHEARC corridor as part of its mission to improve energy conservation and promote new energy technologies, as well to help facilitate government relations, research and information exchange between the US and Japan. In partnership with Kanematsu, a DRIVETHEARC smartphone app is also in development and will provide users with key real-time convenience features such as navigation to charging stations within cruising range and will help reduce charge waiting times with charger vacancy information. Captured driving stats will be available to users, and Nissan, Kanematsu, EVgo and NEDO will analyze and measure charger use patterns to better inform future EV charging projects globally.”
The part of the collaboration relating to the collection and analysis of data is expected to finish by September 2020 — roughly 3½ years after the EV fast-charging station network is completed.
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