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California Doesn’t Have Enough Charging Stations to Hit Its Electric Car Goals

Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:13 am

California Doesn’t Have Enough Charging Stations to Hit Its Electric Car Goals
Bloomberg
Mark Chediak · Nov 2, 2017
In 2012, Governor Jerry Brown set a goal of putting 1.5 million electric vehicles on California roads by 2025. As of September, the state had 334,393 EVs. To get to 1.5 million, it needs to give drivers a lot more places to charge up. The state, however, wants utilities to play a big role in the buildout of charging stations. The power companies are eager to invest, seeing a growth opportunity, but before that can happen, officials need to sort out who will pay for it.
In 2018, state regulators will weigh proposals from investor-owned public utilities Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric to bill customers more than $1 billion to electrify California’s transportation sector. Utilities plan to install more than 100,000 charging locations at apartment houses, in businesses, and along highways. As of October, there were about 13,822 public charging spots in the state.
More from Bloomberg.com: Americans Are Officially Freaking Out
Consumer advocates have pushed back against the proposals, questioning whether low-income customers should pay for equipment that will likely be used—at least initially—by those who already can afford a pricey electric car. “The utilities see this as their new cash cow,” says Elise Torres, an attorney at the Utility Reform Network, a consumer advocacy group.
For now, the most immediate need for charging is on highways, says Pasquale Romano, chief executive officer of ChargePoint Inc., which operates the world’s biggest charging network. Consumers won’t go electric if they don’t think they can find a way to charge on a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Well this is a little embarrassing...

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Re: California Doesn’t Have Enough Charging Stations to Hit Its Electric Car Goals

Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:32 am

I don't find this shocking at all all these countries and states making claims just huge huge claims to host the gas vehicle and all electric Harrah the only thing is we need time to make an implement the infrastructure for it and the two have to play hand-in-hand or else nothing is going to be ready

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Re: California Doesn’t Have Enough Charging Stations to Hit Its Electric Car Goals

Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:16 am

Many people already have solar and most (80%) who I know also own some variety of a plug in car, or plan to buy one this year.

As soon as the battery storage increases a bit more (250miles round trip on a full charge) you won't need so many charging stations.

Think about it. If you could charge FOR FREE at home because you already generate excess solar and could have 250 miles stored in your battery...you wouldn't NEED to charge at work, or while at the mall.

My hope is that (soon!) someone will offer an affordable car with about 200 miles on a battery and also have a gas engine. Right now most of the PHEV's have 27 miles round trip on a full battery charge, which doesn't even get you out of town and back on a long weekend! you are obligated to buy gas sometime along the way, or pay to use a charging station until you can get back home to your FREE electricity.

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