The infrastructure of electric vehicle (EV) chargers is growing, and there’s a lot of work to be done if California’s going to stop the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035.
On Wednesday, Electrify America announced it would be constructing eight brand new, solar-powered, off-grid charging stations throughout Fresno county. The news is exciting for many who live in remote or rural locations throughout the county, who wouldn’t otherwise have access to fast-charging stations.
The move is a part of the Electrify America’s self-proclaimed, “commitment to expand access to clean and financially sustainable EV charging to low-income, disadvantaged, and rural communities within the state of California.”
It’s a solar-bration! We’ve just expanded our network across Fresno County, CA and the chargers are solar-powered ☀️! While we're committed to expanding our network across the US, we’re also working to support underserved communities like where these new chargers are located. pic.twitter.com/kMwT0Ou4tO
— Electrify America (@ElectrifyAm) September 30, 2020
Electrify America has also teamed up with Beam Global and the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency to build the EV ARC charging stations.
Desmond Wheatley, CEO of Beam Global, told reporters, “Electrify America is an established leader in the EV charging industry and we’re thrilled to continue to deploy our EV charging infrastructure products with them.” He continued, “Working with Electrify America to bring the driving on sunshine experience to underserved communities, where air quality is often worse than in more affluent districts, gives us another great opportunity to demonstrate the value of our off-grid products.”
The collaboration between Electrify America won’t just stop in Fresno county – the two plan to offer 22 more rural charging stations throughout California by the end of 2020.
Zach is a writer, musician, and EV enthusiast, currently residing in Santa Rosa, Ca. Loves his wife, his cat Banks, and a good cup of coffee.