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August 31, 2020
California Adds $436 Million in Utility Investment in EV Charging
Source: EV Hub
Electric Utilities in the Golden State are lengthening their lead over the rest of the field with a new approval for Southern California Edison announced on August 27th. The $436 million approval for the utility’s Charge Ready 2 program brings California utility EV investment to a total of $1.5 billion in approved programs supporting more than 60,000 Level 2 and more than 550 DC fast charging stations throughout the state.

With this decision, California’s share of the nation’s approved utility investment rises to 58 percent. New York is the second leading state in terms of utility engagement in transportation electrification with the approval of $701 million for EV charging make-ready investment across six utilities on July 16th. Together, the two states account for a combined 87 percent of all approved utility investment in the United States. These two programs set the stage for a massive rollout of charging stations in two of the nation’s leading EV markets. California and New York already claim 38 percent of the nation’s 91,750 charging ports with California accounting for the lion’s share with more than 30,000 charging ports.

The two states aren’t just looking to deploy charging stations in areas with existing EV access.  Both the New York Order and the Charge Ready 2 Program make substantial commitments to invest in infrastructure deployment in underserved communities. Twenty percent of the make-ready infrastructure approved in the New York Order will be in underserved communities, representing more than $100 million in charging investments. Additional program elements including electric bus support and environmental justice pilot programs could bring an additional $100 million in investment in underserved communities.  For the Charge Ready 2 program in California, 50 percent of the make-ready investments and 100 percent of the utility-owned charging station investments will be in state-designated disadvantaged communities, representing at least $218 million.  At the end of 2019, our research revealed that at least $345 million had been committed in utility investment for underserved communities. The New York Order and the Charge Ready 2 program bring the national electric utility investment in underserved communities to more than $750 million, about 28 percent of the total approved utility investment.

These approvals account for 95 percent of the $1.2 billion in approved utility programs in 2020. With four months left in the year, the value of approved programs is already more than three times greater than the value of those approved in 2019 and more than 1.5 times greater than the value of those approved in 2018. Approvals logged in 2020 account for almost half of the all-time approvals for utility EV programs. With several multi-million-dollar programs still pending approval, 2020 is positioned to dwarf all previous years of utility investment and set a new normal for utility engagement in the EV industry. Stay tuned for our review of all filings from the first six months of the year in the coming weeks.  
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EV Hub Live: Episode #2 On September 1st!
The first EV Hub Live episode was a success and we are gearing up for Episode #2 on September 1st at 1pm EST. 

For episode #2, we will be talking to Britta Gross from the Rocky Mountain Institute and David Ferris from E&E News about recent developments in the EV market, namely passenger vehicle sales, policy developments, and electric utility activity, as well as how COVID is affecting the EV Market.
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15 States Commit to 100% ZEV Truck and Bus Sales By 2050

Organized by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), 15 states and Washington DC have come together in support of rapid electrification of the medium-and heavy-duty vehicle sector. The MOU signed by participating states calls for all new truck and bus sales to be zero emission by 2050. States partnering on the MOU include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. Read More Here

West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative Final Study Released

The West Coast Clean Transit Initiative, a network of nine electric utilities and two public agencies representing more than two dozen municipal utilities, published their final report on June 17, 2020. The report outlines key findings from a study assessing the prospect of implementing EV charging fro freight trucks along the entire stretch of Interstate 5. The study recommends a phased approach for electrifying the I-5 corridor. At least 27 stations spaced out at 50-mile intervals would be included in phase one of the roll out which will take place through 2025. Read More Here

U.S. DOT Awards $130 Million for Electric Transit Buses in 40 States

The United States Department of Transportation awarded $130 million for electric transit buses and supporting infrastructure through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program on June 2, 2020. The awards were spread over 40 states and Washington D.C. and will help transit agencies accelerate the electrification of their fleets. The 2020 funding cycle is the largest yet for the Low-No program, which has contributed almost $480 million to transit bus electrification since 2015. Read More Here

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In this episode of EV Hub Live, we’ll talk with Britta Gross from the Rocky Mountain Institute and David Ferris from E&E News about recent developments in the EV market, namely passenger vehicle sales, policy developments, and electric utility activity, as well as how COVID is effecting the EV Market. Read more here.

September 1st @ 1pm EST

As the market expands for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) so does the need for comprehensive hydrogen fueling infrastructure. Join Forth and the Renewable Hydrogen Alliance in the discussion of demonstration projects that highlight renewable hydrogen transportation and infrastructure in real-world conditions. Read more here.

September 8th @ 1pm EST

Through private investments and the $10 million Smart City Challenge grant awarded to Columbus by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, more than 1,000 new EV charging ports have been installed in the Columbus Region. This explosion of charging has contributed to a more than four-fold increase in EV purchases in the last three years. Discover how Smart Columbus partnered with local utilities to help residents, workplaces, businesses and developers identify the right ways to install EV charging infrastructure for their current needs and for the future. Read more here.

September 8th @ 3pm EST

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