Plug-In Electric Vehicles
Each day an increasing number of plug-in battery electric vehicles (PEVs) can be seen on California roads, driving California closer to achieving Governor Brown’s goal of 1.5 million electric cars on the road by 2025. As of August 2014, more than 100,000 plug-in cars have been sold in California, which is approximately 40 percent of all plug-in vehicles sales in the U.S.
The availability of new vehicle models, greater driving range from improved battery technology, increased availability of charging infrastructure, along with incentives such as carpool lane access stickers, federal tax credits, and state and air district rebates have contributed to an expanding market for PEVs.
Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
By helping to build a robust charging infrastructure that is convenient for drivers, California is paving the way for more drivers to opt in to an electric vehicle. In fact, California possesses the largest network of nonresidential charging stations in the nation, totaling over 5,700 as of August 2014.
As part of its work on electric vehicles, the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program has awarded more than $38 million in grants for over 8,600 commercial, workplace, residential (including single-family and multi-family), and electric highway (corridor) fast chargers, as well as funded regional and local plug-in electric plans to support deployment of charging stations, and a statewide PEV infrastructure assessment.
West Coast Electric Highway
California has also teamed up with Washington, Oregon and British Columbia to complete the "West Coast Electric Highway" an extensive network of electric vehicle (EV) DC fast charging stations along the Pacific Northwest from British Columbia to Baja California (BC to BC). The partners are working with the private sector and other agencies to help lay the groundwork for a seamless consumer experience for PEV drivers across the country.
For more information about Plug-In Electric Vehicles, please contact:
Fuels and Transportation Division
Considerations for Corridor Direct Current Fast Charging Infrastructure in California
Consultant Report. Publication #CEC-600-2015-015 (PDF file, 61 pages, 1.7 MB)