West Coast Utilities Announce Results of HDR-Led Electric Vehicle Charging Corridor Study
Electric utilities in three West Coast states have announced the results of an HDR-led study that could lay the foundation for significant reduction of harmful emissions from freight transportation along a 1,300-mile Pacific Coast route, and create jobs in an economy that’s been hit hard by the novel coronavirus.
The West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative is a collaboration among nine electric utilities and two agencies representing more than two dozen municipal utilities. The forward-thinking study provides a roadmap for electric utilities in Washington, Oregon and California to jointly accelerate the adoption of electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
“Recommendations include a phased approach, starting with the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure for medium-duty trucks, like delivery vans, at approximately 50-mile intervals along Interstate 5 and adjoining highways by 2025,” said Fernando Garcia, HDR grid modernization lead. “A phased approach provides additional time to identify funding and align investments with the availability of electric trucks and electric grid updates.”
Once the charging stations are in place, a second phase would expand 14 of the 27 charging sites to accommodate charging for electric heavy-duty regional haul tractors by 2030, when it is estimated that 8% of all trucks on the road in California could be electric.
Katie Sloan, director of eMobility and building electrification for Southern California Edison, one of the study’s sponsors, was optimistic about the economic possibilities. “This study comes at a time when we believe major investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure will help significantly with economic recovery from COVID-19 in our states,” she said.
Other initiative sponsors of the study are Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Northern California Power Agency, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Pacific Power, Portland General Electric, Puget Sound Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, San Diego Gas & Electric, Seattle City Light and Southern California Public Power Authority.
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