Californians are buying up electric cars. But where will they plug in?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

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Californians are switching to electric cars in record numbers, putting the state on track to surpass its goal of having 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. But the plug-in infrastructure needed to support that switch is patchy.

If nothing changes, the California Energy Commission projects the state could have about 81,600 fewer public and shared charging ports than it needs in five years.

And that could be a low estimate: Electric-car sales could exceed the 2025 goal.

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Motorists can drive for many miles on major roads such as Interstate 5, Highway 101 and state Highway 99 without seeing a charging station. Assemblyman Phil Ting, a San Francisco Democrat, said he hears about it from electric-car drivers all the time.

“Imagine if you only had three gas stations on I-5,” said Ting, who drives an all-electric Chevy Bolt. “It’s kind of comical. Can you imagine what the lines might look like?”