I’m happy to announce EV Connect’s membership in a new not-for-profit trade association created to achieve clean transportation by advancing continued innovation in the EV charging industry, the Electric Vehicle Charging Association (EVCA). We joined because we believe it has the potential to help drive innovation and expand the availability of charging for EV drivers. EVCA, the first coalition in California and the nation to promote the EV charging industry, also announced release of The State of the Charge, a report documenting the charging industry’s rapid growth in California and the significant economic opportunity it presents for the state.
The State of the Charge aggregates data on a variety of electric vehicle industry statistics including that more than 9,000 public and workplace charging outlets exist in California. The number of public/workplace charging outlets in California has grown by 652% since 2011! With 150,000 electric vehicles on its highways, California has 40% of the U.S. electric vehicle market, and the industry is expected to generate roughly $4.5 billion in California sales and services by 2023. Gov. Jerry Brown has called for one million zero-emission vehicles in California by 2020 and recently signed into law SB 350 to expand EV charging.
In creating the trade association, the electric vehicle charging industry is taking an important step to help shape California’s growing EV infrastructure, advocate for policies to advance clean transportation, and serve as a resource for information and expertise. Efforts will focus on creating an environment that maintains the highest levels of innovation and creates maximum value for electric vehicle drivers.
Beyond EV Connect, founding members of EVCA are ABM, ChargePoint, Clean Fuel Connection, Envision Solar, NRG EVgo, Plugless Power, SeaWave Battery, and Volta all of which are headquartered or maintain a significant presence in California.
The State of the Charge and additional information about EVCA are available at www.evassociation.org