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Santa Cruz-Watsonville Area Slated for Electrify America Investment Starting July 2019

Post Date:10/15/2018 8:00 AM



Oct. 15, 2018



Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166

Tiffany Wise-West, Sustainability & Climate Action Manager, (831) 420-5433


SANTA CRUZ — Electrify America has announced its next $200 million investment in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure as well as education and awareness in California. According to the plan, the Santa Cruz-Watsonville metro area will see up to three DC Fast Chargers installed along with other unspecified investments in other identified priorities.

The Electrify America plan was submitted to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and is titled Cycle 2 California ZEV Investment Plan. Its 30-month investment period runs from July 2019 through December 2020.

The Santa Cruz-Watsonville investment determination resulted from two proposals submitted by the City of Santa Cruz on behalf of a team of local partners for Cycles 1 and 2, ongoing dialogue between the City and Electrify America, and the fact that there is strong ZEV adoption in this metro area. The proposed investment supports the City’s climate action goal that between 2008 and 2020, 20 percent of cars will switch to low-carbon fuels; currently, about 8.5 percent of Santa Cruz-registered cars are low-carbon vehicles.

The investment, announced on October 3, will build on Electrify America’s initial priorities and expand into new areas where the need for electric vehicle charging stations and technology are greatest or are most likely to be used regularly. Consistent with the guidance of CARB, Electrify America plans strive to ensure that 35 percent of Cycle 2 investments are in low-income or disadvantaged communities.

The investment cycle beginning in July 2019 will add DC fast charging and charging for regional routes and strengthen highway networks in nine areas including the Santa Cruz-Watsonville metro area. This includes investments for charging stations to support ZEV bus, fleet and ride hail services, as well as residential and autonomous charging, renewable generation for charging stations, and rural L2 charging investments.

About Electrify America

Electrify America was established to implement the $2 billion ZEV Investment Commitment outlined in Volkswagen’s Court-approved settlement involving 2.0L TDI diesel vehicles in the U.S. The investments will be made in four 30-month investment cycles that will direct $800 million in electric vehicle infrastructure, education and access programs in California, one of the largest ZEV markets in the world; $1.2 billion is budgeted for states outside California through 2026.

Under the Consent Decree for this settlement, investment decisions are Electrify America’s to make and plans are subject to review by CARB and the Environmental Protection Agency for consistency with the requirements of the Consent Decree. The public version of the California Cycle 2 ZEV Investment Plan is available at


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