Electrify America announces second $200 million zero-emission vehicle investment plan for California
Electrify America announced its next $200 million investment in zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure as well as education and awareness in California, which is outlined in its Cycle 2 California ZEV Investment Plan submitted to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Cycle 2 is a 30-month investment period, which begins in July 2019.
This investment will build on Electrify America’s initial priorities and expand 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 plans strive to ensure that 35% of Cycle 2 investments are in low-income or disadvantaged communities.
“In developing our plan, we conducted a robust outreach process to solicit input and met with leaders in California communities, government, and business to inform our decisions,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and chief executive officer of Electrify America. “Our goal to establish one of the largest, most technologically advanced and customer-friendly charging networks in the U.S. remains. We want to demystify what it means to own and drive electric vehicles by making chargers more visible, more convenient, and more a part of the everyday lives of Californians across the state.”
Highlights of the California Cycle 2 ZEV Investment Plan follow.
The central focus of electric vehicle charging infrastructure investment in Cycle 2 will shift to more DC fast charging (DCFC) stations within metropolitan areas, where electric vehicle (EV) drivers are expected to charge most often. Electrify America will invest in nine metro areas inside California, including these new metro areas added for Cycle 2: Riverside-San Bernardino, Santa Cruz-Watsonville, and Santa Rosa. 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, and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara.
These metro areas are expected to account for 89% of expected 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 can be challenging. Electrify America also will invest in DCFC stations specifically targeting shared mobility drivers—car share, taxis and transportation networking company (TNC) drivers.
As far as highways and regional routes, the new Cycle 2 investments will continue to build out a highway network of DCFC stations featuring charging power up to 350 kW, which can refuel a vehicle at up to 20 mi (32 km) 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 charging is the primary, most convenient and cost-efficient fueling option for many drivers. The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy reports that EV drivers conduct “more than 80% 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, it will develop an online tool that promotes and connects EV buyers with the 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. Together these offerings will provide customers with 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, it will develop a platform that will allow drivers with a home charger to earn financial rewards for plugging in and supporting a demand response platform for grid electric power stability.
To help spur adoption in bus and shuttle charging, 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 who rely on public transportation.
To further support the adoption of ZEVs in rural communities in California, it 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.
In addition, to support the growth of autonomous ZEVs, it will build up to two commercial deployments of charging stations for autonomous electric vehicles where this need is emerging.
In the area of 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 refueling, which is consistent with California’s broader air quality goals.
The California Cycle 2 ZEV Investment Plan also encompasses an education and awareness component as well as support for the Green City Initiative in Sacramento. The initiative, which includes two ZEV car share programs, two BEV bus/shuttle services, and 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.
Below are the 30-month investment cycles of Electrify America:
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
For more details about the California Cycle 2 ZEV Investment Plan, see the public version at www.electrifyamerica.com/news.