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Electrify America announces second US$200-million investment plan for California

The investment will go to developing Electrify America’s EV charging infrastructure

Electrify America has announced its next US$200-million investment in zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure as well as education and awareness in California, which is outlined in its Cycle 2 California ZEV Investment Plan submitted to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Cycle 2 is a 30-month investment period, which begins in July 2019.

The investment will build on Electrify America’s initial priorities and expand into new areas, where the need for electric vehicle charging stations and technology are greatest or are most likely to be used regularly. Consistent with the guidance of CARB, Electrify America plans strive to ensure that 35% of Cycle 2 investments are in low-income or disadvantaged communities.

“In developing our plan, we conducted a robust outreach process to solicit input and met with leaders in California communities, government and business to inform our decisions,” said president and CEO of Electrify America Giovanni Palazzo. “Our goal to establish one of the largest, most technologically advanced and customer-friendly charging networks in the US remains. We want to demystify what it means to own and drive electric vehicles by making chargers more visible, more convenient, and more a part of the everyday lives of Californians across the state.”

“We’ve also planned to further support ZEV adoption through services that are used by Californians every day – buses, shuttles, ride hail services – by providing more access to charging for those vehicles,” said Brendan Jones, chief operating officer, Electrify America. “We’re proud to submit to the California Air Resources Board our California Cycle 2 ZEV Investment Plan, which we believe will continue to advance ZEV adoption in the state.”

Electrify America will develop an online tool that promotes and connects EV buyers with the wide range of residential charging incentives and rebates already available in California and simplifies the application process. This programme will be designed to integrate with CARB’s recently announced ‘one-stop-shop,’ which focuses on incentives for the ZEV purchase itself, and together these offerings will provide customers support throughout the entire purchase process.

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