"Investing in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure to increase availability of chargers, with construction starting in 2017. Our planned investments will focus on:
-Installing chargers locally in approximately 15 metro areas consisting of 300+ stations (L2 or DC Fast Chargers (50 to 150+ kW))
-Developing a high-speed, cross-country network consisting of 200+ stations (DC Fast Chargers)
Given the deployment versatility of EV chargers, locations could include:
-Multi-family homes (e.g., apartment complexes)
-Workplaces (e.g., office parks)
-Retail (e.g., stores, malls, restaurants, hotels, refueling stations)
-Communities (e.g., municipal parking lots, street parking spots)
Initially, we plan to focus on charger installation in metro areas that could benefit from increased charging infrastructure (e.g., densely populated) and highly trafficked cross-country highways."
I totally agree. It's not as though 50 kW DCFC vehicles can't still charge at 150 kW DCFC stations.I also REALLY hope they don't bother installing DCFC's any slower than 150kW. You gotta future-proof these things as much as possible. I suspect 50kW DCFC's will become rather obsolete in a relatively short time.
Very good point.But I would set some aside to offer "cash grants" to hotels and other businesses to install Destination Chargers (min Level II EVSE's) similar to what Tesla is doing. Only stipulation I have is these spots need to be clearly marked for EV's only. Ultimately I would hope laws would be enacted to protect them similar to a handicapped spot is protected today.
I travel and spend 10 to 12 hours at the hotel each night and a Level II EVSE could easily top off any BEV sold today (120 to 140 miles).
I would agree if I weren't painfully aware of how bad our infrastructure is right now. We can't just build a water pump in the desert, we need to drill a well and do all the piping as well and doing that right is going to cost bigtime.Still $2B would seem a lot for this shopping list.