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For promoters of public EV chargers, the Golden State is, it seems, where all the gold can be found. The state’s energy commission has approved nearly $9 million in grants to install 61 rapid EV chargers on California’s major north-south highways.
Each of the 41 sites will include one or more Level 3 DC fast chargers for battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Most will also have a pair of 240-volt Level 2 charger for plug-in hybrids and BEVs that don’t have Level 3 charging capacity.
The EV charger grants are going to EV charging network builders Chargepoint and NRG Energy Services, and to plug-in vehicle software and information providers EV Connect and Recargo, developer of the PlugShare mobile directory.
The charging station sites are to be located along Highway 101, Highway 99 and Interstate 5. When installation is completed, plug-in vehicle (PEV) drivers in California should be able to travel from San Diego to Oregon.