The money will fund an additional 90,000 charging stations across the state.
California's Energy Commission (CEC) has approved a $2.9 billion investment plan to increase the number of electric vehicle charging and hydrogen stations in the state by 2025. With the approved funds, according to Reuters, the Golden State aims to have an additional 90,000 charging stations throughout the state. That more than doubles the 80,000 chargers already in existence. Assuming all goes to plan, California is on course to achieve its goal of having 250,000 chargers in just a few more years. A reported $1.7 billion will be allocated to support medium and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles as well.
"The plan will increase access to charging and hydrogen fueling for individuals, businesses, and public agencies, while supporting our emerging manufacturing ecosystem and creating jobs," CEC's Lead Commissioner for Transportation Patty Monahan said.
California is not the only state that's aggressively developing its EV charging infrastructure. All 50 states received approval from the Department of Transportation last fall for additional stations totaling some 75,000 miles of highways. That $1 trillion infrastructure bill allocates $5 billion to states to install additional EV chargers alongside highways over the course of five years.
So far, 35 states have received federal government approval for their respective plans. California, of course, has been leading the way forward for years now regarding EVs and clean energy in general. Last August, for example, California enshrined into law that all new vehicles sold there beginning in 2035 must be fully electric or plug-in hybrids.
In September 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on the hood of a then-new Ford Mustang Mach-E declaring the state's intention to ban ICE vehicle sales beginning in 2035. Plug-in hybrids don't count because their combustion engines require electrification.
Meanwhile, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is still working on additional requirements to improve state-wide emissions as early as 2026. Whether that will involve limiting sales of purely combustion-engined vehicles, such as heavy-duty models, remains unknown.