Distributed Energy Resources - March 23, 2022
California Energy Commission Supports Rideshare Electrification
The California Energy Commission (CEC) gave two Charging Access for Reliable On-Demand Transportation Services (CARTS) grants to EVgo Inc. to support its partnership with Uber.
Using the proposed award funds of over $3.6 million, EVgo will develop twin public fast-charging hub sites featuring 72 charging stalls, including 38 designated for public use in the Los Angeles and the Bay areas.
All four of the new charging sites will feature fast charging up to 350 kW, aiding EVgo and Uber in their mission to electrify the rideshare industry and provide enhanced access to public EV fast charging infrastructure in rideshare-dense regions within California.
In August 2021, the California Energy Commission released a grant solicitation and application package entitled “Charging Access for Reliable On-Demand Transportation Services (CARTS)” under the Clean Transportation Program Designed to provide funding for projects that support EV charging infrastructure for on-demand transportation services including those such as ride-hailing, taxis and more.
The proposed awarding of two CARTS grants builds upon EVgo’s previously announced partnership with Uber.
“Climate is a team sport, and these projects between EVgo, the California Energy Commission, and Uber are a win-win-win,” said Adam Gromis, Uber’s Head of Sustainability Policy in a statement. “Together, we’ll increase access to more affordable urban fast-charging solutions in the areas where drivers most need them, increase passengers’ exposure to EV technology via more all-electric rides on Uber, and drive real emissions savings for Californians.”
California began implementation of the Clean Miles Standard, which aims for 90% of ride-hail vehicle miles traveled to be zero emissions by 2030. On EVgo’s network, high utilization drivers will benefit from the 100% renewable energy powering every mile charged.
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