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June 2016    |    News and Updates


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Local PEV News

Coming soon: Tesla superchargers in Eureka2
If you drove by the Bayshore Mall recently you may have noticed construction in the parking lot near the main entrance. These are Tesla Supercharger stations being installed, part of Tesla’s plan to provide “convenient charging at hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers”. The photo below shows four of the eight partially installed supercharger stations. Tesla drivers will soon have fast charging from Eureka to the SF bay area along Highway 101. For those of us driving non-Tesla electric vehicles (EVs), it’ll be a few years until non-proprietary fast chargers are installed in our region. No need to wait though, there are already Level 2 charging stations within the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) network!

Tesla charging station construction in Eureka.

California EV incentives on hold, waiting list in place3
In June the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) posted on their website, “Funding is currently exhausted. All applications submitted after June 10, 2016 will be placed on a rebate waitlist.” According to the LA Times, Governor Brown and lawmakers eliminated $500 million for various low-emission initiatives as part of a political impasse during negotiations on the recently passed state budget. In the meantime, CVRP is maintaining a waiting list pending resolution of future funding. We’ll continue to track the number of EV rebates issued for Humboldt County, but once approved applications for May and June 2016 are recorded, we’ll see a hard drop-off on the charts.

Pony Express Days event highlights
On June 4, Redwood Coast Energy Authority partnered with McKinleyville Chevrolet Buick to promote EVs while enjoying the annual Pony Express Days festivities. The dealership had a BMW i3, BMW i8, Nissan Leaf, and 2 Volts on display on their lot. We had a great time at the event!


Dealer Spotlight

This month we are featuring Northwood Auto Plaza4 in our dealer spotlight. They offer a wide variety of vehicle inventory and services. We talked with Don Hackett about their plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).
RCEA: When did your dealership start offering PEVs? 
NAP: 2009 with the launch of the Volt
RCEA: What is available in your showroom today?
NAP: Chevy Volt, Chevy Spark, Hyundai Sonata, Chevy Malibu, [and] coming soon the Chevy Bolt

Read more about Northwood Auto Plaza here.

2016 Chevrolet Spark EV. Northwood Auto Plaza.

Caltrans Support For EV Signage

It takes an entire community to create a sustainable transportation system. Consumers, planners, manufacturers and other stakeholders all have critical roles to play. One of those major stakeholders is the California Department of Transportation, better known as Caltrans. They have made a commitment to the triple bottom line of sustainability:  weighing social, environmental, and economic factors when making decisions.

Read further here to find out how Caltrans benefits the community.
Caltrans fleet vehicle at Alternative Fuels Clean Cities Symposium.

EV Updates: Local and Beyond

Electric vehicles (EVs) continue their steady forward march, and Humboldt County is doing well when compared with other counties in California. In June the County hit a milestone with 253 rebates issued for new EV purchases.6 This places Humboldt firmly in the middle of the pack despite our remote location. Kudos go to local EV drivers for doing their part to reduce emissions and consume less petroleum in our region.

Read on here to learn about more local, statewide, and national updates. 

Number of CVRP rebates by county for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), and other. Center for Sustainable Energy (2016). California Air Resources Board Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, Rebate Statistics. Data last updated July 05, 2016. Retrieved July 13, 2016 from

California Energy Commission Instrumental to EV Adoption

With their consistent, competitive grant opportunities to develop and implement plans for low-emission vehicles in California, we can thank the California Energy Commission (CEC) for much of the progress to promote electric vehicles (EVs) in Humboldt County.
Read more about the CEC here.

RCEA Charging Network Update

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s (RCEA) electric vehicle (EV) network is up and running full force with new equipment, more upgrades, and modifications on the way.

Read further for charging station status updates here.

Arcata Technology Center Partners, LLC charging station.

Used electric cars sell quickly10
A recent study from recorded the amount of time used electric vehicles (EVs) take to sell and found that on average they sell much faster than a used gasoline car.

DOE Announces $22 million in funding for sustainable transportation development11
On June 6, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $22 million in funding directed towards the support of research and development of EV technologies, as well as community-based projects focused on accelerating the adoption of light, medium, and heavy duty vehicles that operate on other alternative fuels.

Welcome to the Electric Vehicle Explorer12
A team at the UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center has developed an interactive online tool that allows users to explore if an EV is right for them. It takes into account home location, travel habits, and vehicle charge cost comparisons.

CVRP stats update6
The chart below shows monthly rebate data from the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). In Humboldt County, a total of 180 battery electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) rebates were processed between June 2014 and June 2016.6

Number of Humboldt County CVRP Rebates June 2014-June 2016. Center for Sustainable Energy (2016). California Air Resources Board Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, Rebate Statistics. Data last updated July 05, 2016. Retrieved July 06, 2016 from



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All pictures by Redwood Coast Energy Authority unless otherwise noted.

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Project Background

Funded by the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology Program, the North Coast Plug-in Vehicle Project is being led by the Redwood Coast Energy Authority along with implementation partner Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Research Center. The purpose of this bulletin will be to provide relevant local, state, and national news related to the deployment of vehicles powered by electricity. For further information about the project, visit or contact Redwood Coast Energy Authority at 707.269.1700 or

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