California Energy Commission proposes awarding $8.9M for completion of California DC fast charge North-South corridors (corrected)
The staff of the California Energy Commission (CEC) has selected 8 awardees for a total of $8,875,457 in proposed funding to install Direct Current (DC) fast charging stations on Interstate 5 (I-5), State Route 99 (SR 99), and along United States Highway 101 (US-101) from San Jose traveling South in California.
The awards stem from a solicitation released in July 2015 (GFO-15-601), with the overall objective of completing the West Coast Electric Highway which stretches from British Columbia to Baja California. CEC received a total of 35 proposals requesting a combined $39,159,298. The proposed awards will come up for an approval vote by the Commission sometime before July.
The solicitation defined 7 primary and 2 secondary corridor segments. While both primary and secondary segments required networked charging equipment (EVSE), the primary segment required at least one CHAdeMO fast charger, one SAE CCS Fast Charger and one J1772-compliant Level 2 charger or one dual unit with both CHAdeMO AND SAE CCS connectors and (1) J1772-compliant Level 2 charger either as a separate unit or integrated.
Secondary segment solutions were required to have one CHAdeMO fast charger and (1) J1772-compliant level 2 charger, although proposals also including an SAE CCS fast charger scored higher.
ChargePoint has been proposed to receive three awards (segments 1, 6 and 9) for a total of $3,739,615, or 42% of the funding. EV Connect also received the nod for three awards (segments 3, 4 and 7) for a total of $1,843,179 (21%).
NRG EV Services was selected for two awards (segments 2 and 8) worth a combined $1,659,928 (19%). Recharge was selected for one award (segment 5) worth $1,632,735 (18%).
In January, the California Energy Commission release a new solicitation (GFO-15-603) for DC fast chargers for California’s interregional corridors.