Electrify America to invest $3 million in California for zero-emission vehicle awareness and education in low-income and disadvantaged communities

Electrify America announced an increase of nearly $3 million in funding for four award-winning community organizations promoting zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) education and awareness in low-income and disadvantaged communities across California. This work supports the current plan to invest $200 million in California’s ZEV education infrastructure and programs in the state through mid-2024 and is part of the broader commitment of the company towards environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.

The announcement builds on four years of previous multimillion-dollar investments with community-based organizations (CBOs) and non-profit organizations (NGOs) in low-income and disadvantaged communities across the state. . These investments have been made with the aim of supporting a fairer transition to electric vehicles and emission-free driving. This year’s investment will extend to the previous year’s engagement initiatives to support online and offline education, EV-in-car programs, events, potential EV incentives and workshops. funding, and grassroots community engagement.

In addition, this year’s community organizations will focus on home charging education as well as raising awareness and participation in support of Electrify America’s $25 million investment in Green City to bring infrastructure charging stations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and begin electrifying tens of thousands of people. drayage trucks that enter the port complex every day.

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 2021 , including $197.3 million going to low-income, underserved communities.

“In the exciting race to electrify our transportation system, many communities have not had equitable access to resources and information that can help establish adoption of electric vehicles,” said Gabriela Herrera Gugiu, Senior Specialist at corporate social responsibility at Electrify America. “We believe it’s our responsibility to help create a future where zero-emission vehicles can be accessible and affordable for Californians and communities across the country.”

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 has invited more than 100 nonprofit, private, and public organizations to submit proposals in support of brand-neutral ZEV education and awareness in underserved and low-income communities. revenue.

Building on 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 had signed a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) to develop a renewable photovoltaic solar power generation project in San Bernardino County, California. The new solar project, dubbed Electrify America Solar GlowTM 1, is expected to create 75 megawatts (MW) of peak solar power and enough 100% renewable energy per year to partially offset the energy currently supplied to consumers in Electrify America through its extensive network.

More than 100 battery energy storage systems are being installed at charging stations across California 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 prices.

Source and photos: Electrifying America

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