What’s Happening: EVgo Inc., a leading public fast-charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), has been selected for proposed awards of $6.6 million from the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) 2.0 program. The funding is aimed at supporting the deployment of fast charging infrastructure in central and eastern California through the Golden State Priority Project (GSPP).
Why It Matters: As part of EVgo’s commitment to providing a top-tier charging experience, the company will use the rebate to deploy high-power 350kW chargers in disadvantaged or low-income community census tracts. These installations will help ensure equitable charging infrastructure distribution across demographics and geographies, making EV adoption more accessible to a wider range of Californians.
- EVgo and the CEC share a commitment to “Electric for All,” ensuring fast charging infrastructure is distributed equitably.
- Launched in January 2023, the GSPP was the first CALeVIP 2.0 project with a focus on equity and rapid charger installation.
- With the proposed funding, EVgo plans to build over 100 DC fast charging stalls at 17 central and eastern California locations, including Fresno, Hayward, Manteca, El Cerrito, Antioch, and San Jose.
- More than 40% of EVgo’s existing fast-charging network in California is located in disadvantaged or low-income census tracts.
- The GSPP incorporates public funding best practices, focusing on higher-power equipment and project readiness, prioritizing projects likely to deliver near-term results for Californians.
Bottom Line: EVgo’s $6.6 million in proposed funding from the California Energy Commission will enable the company to expand its fast-charging network in underserved areas of California. This expansion will promote equitable access to EV charging infrastructure and help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles across the state.