ChargePoint, Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and California Energy Commission Make Driving Electric Across California More Accessible
The world’s leading electric vehicle charging network teams up with Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and California Energy Commission to open electric vehicle fast chargers at key locations along Interstate 5
Campbell, California – May 22, 2019 – ChargePoint today announced the opening of one of the first groups of ChargePoint DC fast chargers deployed as part of the California Energy Commission (CEC) grant program, which aims to democratize fast charging solutions for EV drivers along key highway locations. Located at the Coalinga Chevron station on W. Dorris Avenue, one of the most popular stops between San Francisco and Los Angeles along the heavily traveled Interstate 5, the station is the only universal fast charging site within a 100 mile radius and makes driving electric across California even easier. This marks the latest milestone in the relationship between ChargePoint and Chevron. Last December, Chevron Technology Ventures participated in ChargePoint’s landmark $240 million Series H funding round, which will support the expansion of ChargePoint’s network, further enhance the experience for EV drivers and expand the company’s fleet solutions portfolio as the adoption of electrified transportation grows.
The fast chargers at the Coalinga Chevron station are part of a growing network of charging solutions at key locations around the state and beyond. The chargers have been installed as part of a California Energy Commission program designed to increase access to EV charging along major highways in the State, helping to facilitate longer distance electric travel. The program is funded primarily by CEC grants and augmented by ChargePoint, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and various supporters.
“ChargePoint’s mission is to get every driver behind the wheel of an EV, and the addition of DC fast chargers midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s highly traveled Interstate 5 will help unlock electric travel between two of the State’s largest metropolitan areas,” said Rich Quattrini, Vice President, Infrastructure Deployment, ChargePoint. “We’re delighted to leverage our industry expertise to work with Chevron and the CEC to offer charging along some of the nation’s busiest routes, with more openings scheduled in the coming weeks and months. When complete, more than 65 locations will be available as part of the CEC program serving drivers on all major California highways, in addition to more than 20 fast charge locations planned closer to urban centers, all connecting communities that previously had limited access to EV charging.”
“Chevron is excited to be working with ChargePoint as we pilot EV chargers at select stations in California, including this station in Coalinga,” said Alice Flesher, general manager of Chevron’s company-owned and operated network of motor fuel stations. “We are always testing and learning with regard to our offering as we continue to serve the energy needs of consumers. Ultimately, consumer preference helps drive the offerings at Chevron-branded retail fuel stations; however, we anticipate that gasoline and diesel will continue to be in high demand.”
The Coalinga Chevron station will provide drivers with access to three ChargePoint DC fast charge stations and two Level 2 AC charging spots, providing a necessary amenity for EV drivers and playing an important role in supporting the fueling network of the future. These charging solutions are a key component of a larger effort to connect the state of California with strategically placed fast charge solutions that will make it more seamless for EV drivers during long distance trips.
Through the CEC-led program, ChargePoint is in the process of installing more than 65 new places to charge along major corridors and in city centers around the State. With these projects, the CEC is establishing a repeatable funding model for EV charging that will continue to bring EV charging to more areas.
ChargePoint is the leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with charging solutions in every category EV drivers charge, at home, work, around town and on the road. With more than 65,000 public and semi-public commercial charging spots and thousands of customers (businesses, cities, agencies and service providers), ChargePoint is the only charging technology company on the market that designs, develops and manufactures hardware and software solutions across every use case. Leading EV hardware makers and other partners rely on the ChargePoint network to make charging station details available in mobile apps, online and in navigation systems for popular EVs. ChargePoint drivers have completed more than 55 million charging sessions, saving upwards of 60 million gallons of gasoline and driving more than 1.4 billion gas-free miles on dispensed energy. For more information, visit www.chargepoint.com or contact the Global Press Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or European Press Office at email@example.com.