California,  Environmental Sustainability,  Quality of Life Benefits of Transportation

Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers Available Along State Highways in Central California

The California Department of Transportation is helping reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions through the installation of electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations along state highways in Central California. Caltrans has 22 new EV fast chargers at nine locations, including at the popular Tejon Pass Rest Area near the Los Angeles/Kern County line on Interstate 5, a major north-south route between Northern and Southern California.

The Level 3 DC fast chargers provide an approximate 80 percent charge in 30 minutes to EVs with fast-charging capability. The chargers have universal connectors and are able to serve all EVs on the market, including Teslas with an adapter. Charging is free with no time limit.

According to the California Air Resources Board, 70 percent of California transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions come from light-duty vehicles, including passenger cars, SUVs, and light-duty trucks. In addition to the new chargers in the Central Valley, Caltrans has six Level 3 DC fast chargers in San Diego County, two in Monterey County and one in San Luis Obispo County, and two Level 2 charging stations in Napa County and three in Contra Costa County – all available to the public.

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