The administration expects Newsom’s goal of making all new passenger car sales in California zero-emission by 2035 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles by more than 35 percent. Staying on pace to meet that objective, according to Energy Innovation, may result in a 9% rise in electricity consumption by the close of the decade.
California, on the other hand, plans to install and develop 250,000 electric car charging ports by the middle of the decade, comprising 10,000 DC fast charging ports and 200 hydrogen-fueling stations. However, CEC staff calculated that by 2025, California is going to be missing 54,000 Level 2 chargers as well as 385 DC fast chargers, even after accounting for existing and anticipated future charging stations.
The CEC’s three-year plan includes $314 million for light-duty electric car charging infrastructure, $690 million for the medium as well as heavy-duty zero-emission car infrastructure, and $77 million for hydrogen refueling infrastructure, which the agency claims will help close funding gaps in infrastructure development. It also includes $244 million towards zero-emission car manufacturing and $15 million for personnel development and training.
In a statement, CEC commissioner Patty Monahan stated, “These resources fill the 2025 infrastructure financing gap so that accessibility to charging and hydrogen fuelling isn’t a barrier for people exploring greener transportation options, including individuals, businesses, and governmental agencies.”
Half of the cash in the plan will go to projects that support “priority populations,” such as low-income neighborhoods, according to the agency.
Although this money will not be administered by utilities — unlike past programs authorized by California Public Utilities Commission — Houston said the utilities will be a key partner in this.
Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), both investor-owned utilities, applauded the decision. The CEC’s plan, when coupled with utility-sponsored initiatives like SCE’s Charge Ready, will assist narrow the financial gap and enable the release of the 250,000 chargers required to achieve the target of 1.5 million zero-emission cars on California roads by the year 2025, according to SCE spokesperson Gloria Quinn.
“We look forward to working with the CEC as well as other state authorities to ensure that the required public and private money is secured to enable the deployment of the extra 900,000 chargers past the 2025 objective, in order to fulfill the EV adoption required by 2030,” she said.
In an emailed comment, PG&E spokesperson Ari Vanrenen said, “Increasing EV adoption is a vital component to making California’s clean air goal a reality for the transport industry,” adding that the company commends the CEC’s work to decrease barriers to EV adoption.