California Surpasses 10,000 DC Fast Chargers Target Ahead of Schedule

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Ahead of the game, California has hit its 10,000 electric vehicle DC fast charger goal, marking the achievement at the newest EVgo spot in Union City.

The lion’s share of these chargers, a whopping 60 percent, comes from Tesla’s Superchargers, totaling 6,029 out of the 10,122, as reported by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Alternative Fuels Data Center.

Back in 2018, former Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order, outlining California’s ambitious plan to deploy 250,000 EV chargers, including 10,000 fast chargers, by 2025. Surpassing expectations, the number of both public and “shared private” fast chargers (found at businesses or apartment buildings) has quadrupled, climbing from roughly 2,600 to just over 10,000, aided by state funding.

While this is a significant accomplishment, California is still working to reach its grand target of 250,000 chargers, encompassing AC chargers. Presently, it has less than half of the proposed goal, with only around 41,000 being fully public.

A recent report from the California Energy Commission points out that the state needs over one million public and shared private chargers by 2030 to accommodate the anticipated surge in EV registrations. Projections suggest that by the end of the decade, the number of electric vehicles on California roads will hit seven million.

Currently, there are more than 1.6 million battery-powered vehicles registered in the state, and electric vehicles make up 25 percent of all new cars registered in the first quarter. To keep pace with the growing demand, California allocated a substantial $2.9 billion investment last year, with a major focus on enhancing the charging infrastructure.

Patty Monahan from the California Energy Commission emphasized the importance of aligning charging infrastructure with the increasing supply of electric vehicles, stating, “We’re seeing automakers really step up and provide the vehicles, and now what we need to do is make sure there’s charging infrastructure available to be able to meet that need,” as quoted by NBC Bay Area.

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