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Program Expanding Electric Vehicle Charging in City of Fresno

 
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A suite of electric vehicle (EV) chargers is now available to the public at Beneficial State Bank in Fresno, Calif., installed with the support of a partnership working to increase EV charging availability in Fresno County. The partnership’s goals are to support access to clean transportation, improve local air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Level 2 EV chargers, capable of partially charging an electric car while a driver runs errands, were installed using a variety of incentives and resources available to commercial property owners and others to purchase and install chargers at publicly accessible locations.

“Building out the public infrastructure for charging electric cars is critical to meeting state and regional goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve cleaner air for everyone,” said Andy Hoskinson, CSE’s senior manager for EV initiatives. “Projects like this one at Beneficial State Bank demonstrate how incentives and financial assistance programs play a central role in helping local communities develop clean transportation options for their residents.”

The California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), funded by the California Energy Commission and managed by the CSE, reserved $40,000 for the charger installation at the bank site. CALeVIP’s Fresno County Incentive Project is providing up to $4 million in incentives to owners of commercial properties, apartments, condominiums, workplaces and public agencies for the purchase and installation of Level 2 EV chargers in the county.  

“Making it easier to charge electric cars in Fresno is critical to this community’s transition from polluting petroleum-based vehicles to clean transportation, which will provide cleaner air and countless public health benefits,” said Energy Commissioner Patty Monahan. “The Energy Commission is proud to be working with our partners on this project and throughout the state to increase access to the charging infrastructure that makes this transition possible.”

Green Commuter, a startup supported by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, coordinated with Beneficial State Bank to apply for funding to install the 10 chargers. The company is a service that provides zero-emission vehicles for vanpool purposes, allowing passengers to commute together in areas including the Central Valley. During noncommuting hours, the vehicles are open for public car sharing.

The project at Beneficial State Bank also received $50,000 from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s Charge Up! Program, which provides funding for businesses and public agencies in the Central Valley to purchase publicly accessible Level 2 chargers.

The chargers at Beneficial State Bank were also installed with the help of private capital loan financing through Pacific Enterprise Bank, a participating lender in the Pollution Control Financing Authority’s California Capital Access Program Electric Vehicle Charging Station Financing Program (CalCAP EVCS).