In what can only be described as a massive step for EV adoption in California, the state has approved a $2.9 billion investment in EV charging and hydrogen refueling.
The new investment will result in 90,000 public EV chargers coming to the state.
This will more than double the current count of 80,000 and put the state well on its way to deploying 250,000 EV chargers by 2025.
The $2.9 billion investment also includes $1.7 billion to support medium and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles.
The California Energy Commission’s Commissioner for Transportation, Patty Monahan, said this in a prepared statement:
The plan will increase access to charging and hydrogen fueling for individuals, businesses and public agencies while supporting our emerging manufacturing ecosystem and creating jobs.
While California Governor Gavin Newsom had this to say:
California is bringing our roads and highways into the 21st Century with electric vehicle chargers in every community, in every corner of our state. We are transforming transportation in California and scaling climate action in ways only California can – with jobs, innovation and health at the heart of our efforts.
California is ahead of the curve regarding policy to support EV adaption and is one of 35 states whose EV charging plans are approved by the White House.
They, of course, passed legislation earlier this year requiring all new vehicles sold by 2035 to be either by plug-in hybrid or EV.