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paulgipe
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DCFC Stations Bakersfield to the Sierra Nevada East Side Coming

Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:53 pm

Long overlooked by California's electrification effort, the vast area east of Bakersfield will soon be getting its first public DC fast charging (DCFC) stations for electric vehicles (EVs).

Drivers of non-Tesla EVs traveling east of Bakersfield currently find a veritable charging desert. There are no public DCFC stations east of Bakersfield until you reach Baker on the route to Las Vegas--and that station only recently opened. Tesla operates private fast charging stations, what they call superchargers, in Mojave, Inyokern, and Mammoth Lakes, as well as elsewhere.

However, three programs are underway to locate stations on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. Two are being developed by the state of California. The third is being developed privately by the Volkswagen (VW) subsidiary Electrify America.

Two of those programs should see construction begin on several stations this summer. All stations should be completed by the end of 2019.

The California Energy Commission (CEC)'s Interregional Corridor contract GFO-15-603 awarded grants to two companies, ChargePoint and EV Connect, for installations in Tehachapi, Mojave, Inyokern, and Kramer Junction.

CalTrans, the state's transportation department, will be installing stations in its 30-30 program at safety roadside rest areas at Coso Junction, and Independence, as well as at its district headquarters in Bishop.

ChargePoint plans to install a DCFC station in Tehachapi in the Capital Cities development north of Hwy 58, another near Inyokern and Hwy 14, and another at the Kramer Junction of Hwy 58 and US 395.

EV Connect is responsible for installing a station at the airport in Inyokern and another in Mojave. They are expected to break ground on the Inyokern station this month.

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VW will be installing a number of stations under its consent decree for Dieselgate. VW's Electrify America hired Black & Veatch to build the sites--the same people who built Tesla's supercharger network in the state. Though VW builds cars using the CCS standard, Electrify America will install both CHAdeMO, the Japanese standard, and CCS connections. They will future proof the stations with the capability of raising charging capacity up to 350 kW. Typically, non-Tesla stations charge at no more than 50 kW per connection. Electrify America's stalls will accept RFID, mobile pay apps, and credit cards for payment.

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All 600 chargers for VW's first cycle of development in California have been ordered. Manufacturers selected include ABB, BTC Power, Efacec, and Signet. Permitting for the selected sites begin this quarter.

Electrify America's deliberately vague maps don't provide much detail, but it appears they plan a station somewhere between Bakersfield and Mojave. They also have stations planned for somewhere between Inyokern and Olancha and a third station somewhere around Bishop.

CalTrans has yet to award contracts for its stations. Nevertheless, they are scheduled to be on line by mid-2019.
Paul Gipe
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Re: DCFC Stations Bakersfield to the Sierra Nevada East Side Coming

Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:00 pm

Yes it is good that these fast chargers are coming. That said, don't hold your breath for them to become operational. The CEC-funded ones seem particularly slow. The award winners for the N-S corridor (101, 5) were announced in early 2016, and Recarco put out a press release that fall about their highway 101 plans. They released another announcement in April of this year stating that their first phase (101 & 152) will be completed in 2019: http://help.recargo.com/support/solutio ... t-include-

It seems like the involvement of the CEC really lengthened this. Hopefully Caltrans will be faster because they are using their own state property.

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Re: DCFC Stations Bakersfield to the Sierra Nevada East Side Coming

Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:15 pm

Good summary of the efforts Paul. I would be pleasantly surprised if any of these are operational in 2018. I don't expect it. I expect a few in 2019. I've been waiting since 2015 so I've learned that the plans for build-out are not worth anything. Wake me when they're operational and on PlugShare
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Re: DCFC Stations Bakersfield to the Sierra Nevada East Side Coming

Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:22 pm

tgreene wrote:Yes it is good that these fast chargers are coming. That said, don't hold your breath for them to become operational. The CEC-funded ones seem particularly slow. The award winners for the N-S corridor (101, 5) were announced in early 2016, and Recarco put out a press release that fall about their highway 101 plans. They released another announcement in April of this year stating that their first phase (101 & 152) will be completed in 2019: http://help.recargo.com/support/solutio ... t-include-

It seems like the involvement of the CEC really lengthened this. Hopefully Caltrans will be faster because they are using their own state property.



Yeah Tom, we've both complained to the CEC about the pace of this roll out. I saw that Recargo release. They now plan to have their first station on line sometime this summer. Glacially slow is how I'd phrase it.

CalTrans, at least the district on 395 won't send out their RFP until September--if I have that right. You can read between the lines.

Paul
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Re: DCFC Stations Bakersfield to the Sierra Nevada East Side Coming

Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:27 pm

Zoomit wrote:Good summary of the efforts Paul. I would be pleasantly surprised if any of these are operational in 2018. I don't expect it. I expect a few in 2019. I've been waiting since 2015 so I've learned that the plans for build-out are not worth anything. Wake me when they're operational and on PlugShare


Yep, my attitude too. Wake me when someone successfully charges. But it's progress and EV Connect says they will "break ground" soon. What happens after they break ground is anyone's guess. Concrete has to cure and that alone could take 4-6 weeks. EV Connect does have a new station in Valencia, unit 0001, so maybe they're ready to roll. ;)

But yes, late 2019 for most of them. . .

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Re: DCFC Stations Bakersfield to the Sierra Nevada East Side Coming

Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:49 pm

Do you have any idea where the EV Connect station will be located in Mojave?
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Re: DCFC Stations Bakersfield to the Sierra Nevada East Side Coming

Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:53 am

Zoomit wrote:Do you have any idea where the EV Connect station will be located in Mojave?


You can click on the link paulgipe provide to see mimura's map and then click on the location of any charger to get the address and other details. Mojave:

Address: 16200 Sierra Highway Mojave, CA 93501
Qty: 1 DCFC, 1 L2
Entity: EV Connect

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Re: DCFC Stations Bakersfield to the Sierra Nevada East Side Coming

Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:30 pm

I was actually curious if he knew any new information other than that map. The addresses on that map have shifted around over the years and I don’t trust it much.

It also lists a ChargePoint station next door to the EV Connect site, which seems fishy. While it would be great to have two CEC-funded sites in Mojave, I don't expect it to happen soon and question why they would be colocated. It may be that the separate property owners were interested and they just happen to be next door to each other.
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Re: DCFC Stations Bakersfield to the Sierra Nevada East Side Coming

Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:01 pm

Zoomit wrote:I was actually curious if he knew any new information other than that map. The addresses on that map have shifted around over the years and I don’t trust it much.

It also lists a ChargePoint station next door to the EV Connect site, which seems fishy. While it would be great to have two CEC-funded sites in Mojave, I don't expect it to happen soon and question why they would be colocated. It may be that the separate property owners were interested and they just happen to be next door to each other.


EV Connect's local agent said he hopes to make an announcement "soon". He did say the station was at a restaurant in Mojave. Otherwise all we have to go on is miimura's map and that data comes from the CEC. I've checked and his map is up-to-date with the CEC. That doesn't meant that's where we'll find the station in the end, but that the location on the map is currently "official".

Actually I wouldn't mind if stations were co-located. That gives us a higher percentage chance two stalls will be working. ;)

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2017 Bolt LT with DCFC, leased 11/09/17
2015 Nissan S with QC, leased, returned
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