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DRIVEtheARC EV fast charging corridor opens in Nor Cal; 55 new fast chargers at 25 locations

DRIVEtheARC, a corridor of electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations spanning from Monterey to Lake Tahoe, announced the completion of the chargers’ deployment and its official grand opening on the one year anniversary of the project’s official launch. (Earlier post.)

A collaborative effort between the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) (Japan’s largest public R&D management organization), and the State of California’s Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, in partnership with Nissan Motor Co., Nissan North America, Kanematsu and EVgo, DRIVEtheARC encourages longer and more frequent trips with EVs by increasing the ease of long distance travel along one of California’s most frequented travel routes.

All CHAdeMO EVs and Combo EVs can be charged at DRIVEtheARC stations. CHAdeMO EV users can activate the charger using the DRIVEtheARC App, credit card, EVgo Access Cards, and EZ-Charge Cards. Combo users can activate the charger using credit card, EVgo Access Cards, and EZ-Charge Cards.


As an integrated, international cooperation, NEDO is funding the DRIVEtheARC corridor as part of its mission to improve energy conservation and promote new energy technologies, as well as to help facilitate government relations and research and information exchange between the US and Japan.

DRIVEtheARC has also announced the start of a real-time SOC data link service with NissanConnect via the DRIVEtheARC smartphone app. The app will provide more accurate range advice, and users will be able to select a recommended station based on the cruising range and charger availability data. By the end of 2018, the app will include trip planning and voice recognition features.

The app was created in partnership with Kanematsu, a global trading house with expertise in electronics and information technology. Driving statistics will allow Nissan, Kanematsu, EVgo and NEDO to analyze and measure charger use patterns to support future EV charging projects globally.

The opening of the DRIVEtheARC corridor represents a significant milestone for the further adoption of EVs. A robust public EV charging network is a key factor for stimulating further EV utilization and eventual EV market expansion. We are delighted to be able to provide Northern California with a fast charging network that covers major points of interest and recreation for drivers.

—Hitoshi Kawaguchi, Chief Sustainability Officer of Nissan Motor

Nissan partnered with DRIVEtheARC as part of its ‘Infrastructure for All’ strategy. Nissan has played a leading role in growing the number of EV fast charging stations in the US, allowing it to provide Nissan LEAF drivers with access to the largest metro area network of fast charging stations in the country. DRIVEtheARC enhances the existing EV infrastructure Nissan has supported as part of its ‘No Charge to Charge’ promotion by connecting the metropolitan areas of Monterey, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.

As the project’s local partner, EVgo managed the installation of the DRIVEtheARC infrastructure with the deployment of 55 EV fast charging stations at 25 convenient locations. Fast charging stations were installed at key high-traffic retail partners along the route to create a true inter-city charging network. EVgo now operates close to 1,000 fast chargers in over 600 locations nationwide, covering metropolitan areas where 90% of new electric cars are sold.



Would be nice if they said how many kW their fast chargers are.
I looked at their FAQ and their news releases. Apparently they assume their uses know this already or don't care. Or that it is there but I can't read.


As with TESLAs, their fast chargers are probably limited to 150 KW or less.

However, 350+KW quick chargers are being installed in EU.


I think they are installing 23kw SAE combo chargers.... That's what I gather from the gripping on another site.

People are actively defending the slower chargers, its beyond me.

really, we should not be putting anything in less than 150kw public chargers. We are going to have all of these sub 50kw chargers be obsolete here in a few years. Especially for highway travel. We are going to have economy cars with the same capacity as the high end model S, might take more than ten years, but we will certainly make progress towards that.



It can make sense to install whatever chargers most cars can currently use, so long as the infrastructure is put in with upgrades in mind.

So long as the local electric infrastructure can handle it, then more cabling can be put through the existing conduit and upgrades be relatively simple.


"so long as the infrastructure is put in with upgrades in mind."

Odds are they won't, the cost of components vary greatly, and the contractors would likely build as cheap as possible by law. I'm very cynical when it comes to this but, we have a really poor view of electrics in the future.

The hang up with every alternative ever is the refueling capability, regardless of how many 110v outlets there may be. Liquid fuels are just great for refueling. If we want some sort of parody/replacement of gasoline cars in the form of BEVs we need to plan a better future. You bring up the issue of charge adapters, in five or ten years, will we be using what is available today as far as charging infrastructure goes?

What I'm trying to stress is it would be easier to go backwards, over build and under utilize until that future vehicle comes along to use it. The world needs to get together and plan one charger that works at different voltages and amps, so manufacturers can use one plug, and differentiate on thier own. Build out with capability to expand, shoot for the moon, come up with a cable to handle 500kw, then build up from 10kw, with different intervals along the way. You can very the amperage or voltage and make almost infinite possibilities when it comes to charging,


Also, the one thing I think Elon did the best was his superchargers. People in Teslas can drive around and make it places. They have a great capacity to power vehicles well into the future. That speaks of a lot of foresight. The system he orchestrated will be here for probably another 20years. He put into the ground, right off the bat, something that would outlive his current offerings of cars.

We need to put something down now with expectancy of it being used for another 20+ years. We need to imagine we get those 5x5x5x5 or whatever batteries, and we have cheap 300kwh cars and trucks zooming about.

The consumer mentality has to stop when it comes to infrastructure. This is critical for the success of electrics and large hybrids.


A hand to Tesla for opening the way with 150 KW (medium speed) charging facilities. However, tomorrows batteries will accept much quicker charges and ABB's 350+ KW chargers will soon become a must to quickly recharge larger (120 to 150 kWh) packs.


Too bad quick trip or some other large gas station chain can't integrate fast chargers into thier network. Yeah, it's a loosing proposition at the moment, but in five to ten years time we'll have a decent market.

The Bolt, and the model 3, are the first real mainstream offerings we ever had here in the states. It'll take a while to catch on, but it will eventually.

I don't think we should be supporting all of these half measures.

Other thought is Walmart, which. Is basically everywhere, could on their backlot somewhere, put up a charging station row.( If you put it in front, people will park there out of spite.) the could have 40cars charging at every Walmart, and that would give you the availability and the capacity to make a significant infrastructure.

Plus, it would keep people more or less held hostage as thier cars were charging, which Walmart would love.


Ultra quick charging facilities (under 15 minutes) for extended range BEVs and quicker H2 refills facilities (under 5 minutes) for FCEVs (large and small) will become common place in many places by 2025 or so.

The purchase/use of BEVs or FCEVs will be to best meet users specific requirements.

H2 cost/price will eventually be closer to the average price of clean electricity and cheaper than polluting diesel or gasoline.

And Bri

STOP pouring this money on battery vehicles. These batteries are limp and costly because they wear on cathode-electrolytes jonctions and on anode-electrolyte jonctions . Only a very small gang of freak militants ( every politicians except trump, elon musk and his group of billionaires investors, paid fake news journalists, some rich leftist drivers ) are driving evs. But look all taxpayers are paying for them, this is fraud pure and simple. At least wait if the supposedly solid electrolyte will be cash positive and adopted by the majority. nobody will save big money if they recharge at home with solar power if they plug their cars at dark night.

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