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California Energy Commission to award up to $6M to EV charging infrastructure projects

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has issued a $6-million competitive grant solicitation (PON-13-606) to fund the buildout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the four following categories:

  • Destination Charging: This category is for destinations that may attract people to travel “medium-to-long” distances from their home and where the vehicle would tend to be parked for more than one hour. Urban sites that fit into this category include airports, metropolitan centers, and transit areas. Other destinations include lakes, beaches, amusement parks, and other sites that encourage people outside of the surrounding area to visit.

  • Corridor Charging: Corridor charging gives existing and prospective electric vehicle owners the assurance that they can charge when driving long distances along a freeway or highway. These chargers should also be able to support the needs of local electric vehicle owners. Examples include charging locations that would allow drivers of electric vehicles to more rapidly travel between San Diego and the Los Angeles area, the Los Angeles area and the San Francisco Bay Area, the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, Sacramento and Fresno, etc.

  • Workplace Charging: Workplace charging may provide an alternative to residential charging for consumers that may not have residential charging available. Additionally, workplace charging may allow for more vehicle miles to be traveled using electricity. For purpose of this solicitation, workplaces must be located within a 50-mile concentric ring from an urban area.

  • Multi-Unit Dwellings: Multi-unit dwellings (MUDs) include a broad range of building complexes, from condominiums to high-rise apartments. MUDs may have parking associated with each unit, or parking only available through commercial lots in close proximity to the complex. This solicitation will fund MUD electric vehicle charging case studies and demonstration projects.

The projects are intended to support the growth of electric vehicles as a conventional method of transportation and adoption of plug-in electric vehicles over a wide range of California’s population and socio-economic classes.

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Interesting to see if the intense lobbying for EV vehicle production, use, and infrastructure leads to a large, long-term increase in overall- and per-capita miles travelled - because hey, we still have the same number of congested roads and parking areas since during the good-ol ICE days.


It is very doubtful if electrified vehicles will reduce the road miles travelled in USA.

As USA's population grows and suburbs expand, miles travelled will probably keep on increasing regardless of the types of vehicle used.

Many more high speed suburban and inter-city e-trains could reverse this trend but they are not for tomorrow.

Multiple Tesla's supersonic tubes may also help to reverse this trend but will we be wise enough to finance, build, install and operate them?


We may have more traffic, but it can be automated. EVs lend the way towards what I call AI Cruise Control. Your car communicates with the road and light systems.

No more sensors in the intersections with poorly programmed controls. The road will know the total traffic picture at all times. Imagine how much energy is lost while traffic waits at lights and how much pollution is created.

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