Electrify America To Invest $3 Million In California For Zero Emission Vehicle Awareness & Education In Low-Income & Disadvantaged Communities

Electrify America announced a nearly $3 million increase in funding to four community-based organization awardees promoting Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) education and awareness in low-income and disadvantaged communities across California . This work supports an ongoing plan to invest $200 million in California ZEV infrastructure and education programs in the state through mid-2024 and is part of the company’s larger commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards.

The announcement builds on four years of prior multimillion-dollar funding investments in community-based organizations (CBOs) and non-profit organizations (NGOs) in low-income and poor communities across the state. These investments are made with the aim of supporting a more even transition to electric vehicles and tailpipe-free driving. This year’s investment will expand on engagement initiatives from last year to support online and offline education, EV ride-and-drive programs, events, prospective EV incentives and funding workshop, and engagement with the indigenous community.

In addition, community-based organizations this year will focus on home charging education as well as awareness and participation in support of Electrify America’s $25 million Green City investment to bring charging infrastructure to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and begin electrifying tens of thousands. of drayage trucks entering the Port Complex every day.

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By providing education, access, charging infrastructure, and services to promote ZEV driving, including $18 million in education and marketing, Electrify America has invested a total of $400 million in California through the year 2021, with $197.3 million of that amount going to low-income, underserved communities.

“In the exciting race to electrify our transportation system, many communities do not have equal access to resources and information that will help establish the use of electric vehicles,” said Gabriela Herrera Gugiu, corporate social responsibility senior specialist, at Electrify America. “We believe it is our responsibility to help create a future where zero emission vehicles are accessible and affordable to Californians and communities across the country.”

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Breathe SoCal, Ecology Action, Plug In America, and Valley Clean Air Now are among the organizations receiving investments as part of today’s announcement.

The state of California welcomed more than 100 non-profit, private, and public organizations to submit proposals in support of brand-neutral ZEV education and awareness in underserved and low-income communities.

With this $3 million investment in California to Promote Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Awareness and Education in Low-Income and Disadvantaged Communities, Electrify America also announced in May that it signed a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement ( VPPA) to develop a solar photovoltaic renewable energy generation project in San Bernardino County, California. The new solar project, called Electrify America Solar GlowTM 1, is expected to generate 75 Megawatts (MW) of peak solar power and enough 100% renewable energy annually to partially offset the energy currently delivered to consumers by Electrify America through its vast network.

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More than 100 battery energy storage systems are being installed at California charging stations as part of Electrify America’s investment in clean technology innovations to support sustainable and reliable operations. These systems have the potential to maximize the use of renewable energy from the power grid while stabilizing the grid and maintaining pricing.

Source and images: Electrify America




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