5,000 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for Bay Area
Five million dollars has been approved by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to support the development of an electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The money will fund 5,000 new charging stations – 2,000 of which will be public chargers. In addition 50 fast-charging stations will be installed. The public chargers will be located at or near employer parking lots and the 50 fast chargers will be near highways, presumably so travelers can recharge quickly, and resume their trips.
The official press release states over 50 percent of the Bay Area’s air pollution is generated by the transportation sector. Replacing gasoline-powered vehicles with electric ones will reduce air pollution, but there must be a large enough number of EVs to make a significant impact. Growing the electric vehicle charging network is part of the air district’s “Spare the Air” program which seeks to reduce air pollution. The Bay Area already has some EV charging stations, but that number is much less than the 5,050 allowed by the new grants.
Google, for example reportedly has a few dozen at its Mountain View campus. Over an hour north of Mountain View, the city of Vacaville has six EV charging stations. Adding over 5,000 is a big step. Coulomb Technologies, a company that produces electric vehicle infrastructure systems will be making the new charging stations.
A related air district program pays owners of gasoline cars 21 years old or older, $1,000 dollars to stop driving them, in order to reduce air pollution.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District oversees air quality in the nine county Bay Area region of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southwestern Solano and southern Sonoma Counties.
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