By Scott Doggett
With the electric-powered Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt both expected to appear on California roads later this year, the state has moved to recharge the infrastructure needed to power the plug-in vehicles.
The California Energy Commission is working with charging-technology providers EV Connect, headquartered in Huntington Beach, and Auburn-based ClipperCreek to upgrade 3,000 EV charging stations throughout the state, according to a statement today from EV Connect.
“This investment will help prepare California for a clean, energy efficient future and advance the state’s transportation infrastructure,” California Energy Commission member Anthony Eggert said, according to the statement.
Work on the $1.9 million project is expected to start in the fall and be finished by the end of 2011.
Some of the principals behind ClipperCreek founded Electric Vehicle Infrastructure years ago, which along with at least two other companies supplied inductive and conductive chargers throughout California more than a decade ago.
With direction from the California Energy Commission, ClipperCreek and EV Connect will replace those old chargers with modern ones that adhere to the North American standard (SAE J1772, pictured) for electrical connectors for electric vehicles.
Scott Doggett: is an AutoObserver.com Associate Editor.