Working with the Mendocino Land Trust, California Department of Parks and Recreation and other partners, the Energy Commission is bringing 18 Level 1 electric vehicle charging stations and 30 Level 2 charging stations to 15 sites throughout Mendocino County.
Many of the chargers will be located in state parks. All will be free to the public.
The new charging stations will provide drivers of plug-in electric vehicles with increased access to Mendocino County's majestic state parks and other tourist destinations. They also help promote consumer confidence in the availability of charging infrastructure, supporting efforts to get 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2025.
Installation of the charging stations is possible through a near, half a million dollar grant to the Mendocino Land Trust from the Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP). The program has invested about $750 million to support innovations in transportation and fuel technologies that help California meet its energy, clean air and climate change goals.
As of March 2017, the Energy Commission has invested more than $80 million in ARFVTP funds to support the installation of almost 8,000 charging stations throughout the state.
Chargers at Russian Gulch State Park are operational. The remaining sites are scheduled to open by end of 2017.
Other project partners include the Mendocino Council of Governments, Visit Mendocino County and the Mendocino County Air Quality Management District.