For Immediate Release: September 18, 2023

WHAT: Press event to celebrate California achieving its goal of installing 10,000 direct current fast chargers for electric vehicles (EVs). California reached 10,000 fast chargers a year ahead of schedule, a significant milestone as the state works to transform its transportation system.


  • Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci
  • Commissioner Patricia Monahan, California Energy Commission
  • Chair Liane M. Randolph, California Air Resources Board
  • Catherine Zoi, CEO, EVgo
  • Gia Vacin, Deputy Director, Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Market Development, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
  • Other state and local officials (invited)

 El Mercado Plaza Shopping Center

1801 Decoto Rd
Union City, CA 94587

Event is open to members of the media. RSVP by emailing


  • Monday, Sept. 25
  • 9:30-10 a.m. Media Arrival
  • 10-10:30 a.m. Speaking Program
  • 10:30-11 a.m. Q&A, photo opportunities and charging demonstration

VISUALS: Newly installed EVgo direct current fast chargers at the El Mercado Plaza Shopping Center parking lot; California political officials and leaders.

WHY: The California Energy Commission (CEC), in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, the California Air Resources Board, and EVGo, are proud to celebrate the milestone of installing 10,000 direct current fast chargers in California.

The goal was set in 2018 by then Governor Jerry Brown as part of an executive order on ZEVs. Since that time, the number of fast chargers installed in the state nearly quadrupled from 2,657 to more than 10,000 today.

Fast chargers can recharge an all-battery EV to 80 percent capacity in about 30 minutes, depending on the size of the vehicle battery and the power level of the charger. The network allows EV drivers to travel across the state with public fast chargers conveniently located along interstates and highways.  

EVs play an important role in California’s efforts to reach its ambitious climate and air quality goals. These vehicles, which produce zero tailpipe emissions, also play a critical role in reaching the state’s goal of getting 1.5 million ZEVs on California roads by 2025 – which is also ahead of schedule.

About the California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission is leading the state to a 100 percent clean energy future. It has seven core responsibilities: developing renewable energy, transforming transportation, increasing energy efficiency, investing in energy innovation, advancing state energy policy, certifying thermal power plants, and preparing for energy emergencies.