ZEV Station Launches Charging Point in Palm Springs: Awarded $2.7M

By: Sharjeel Sohaib

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Nov 16, 2022

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Key Points:

  • ZEV was introduced by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in 1990 as a component of the Low Emission Vehicle rule. The ZEV regulation has changed over the past 30 years to suit the status of technology. 
  • The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held by ZEV to disclose its first station in Palm Springs, and ZEV Fleet Co., a branch of ZEV Station, was also introduced there. 
  • Three California ZEV infrastructure Grants worth a combined $2.7M have recently been given to ZEV Station. The grants will hasten the development of ZEV Infrastructure, an oasis of nature on a highway.

Carbon Emissions: A Major Setback in the US

In the US, transportation is now the leading cause of carbon emissions. Governments are stepping up their support for Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) from the federal to the state. 

The government invests heavily in infrastructure to support a significant transition to rapid EV charging and hydrogen refueling. 

The state of California’s plan to combat global warming, which calls for all new vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035, also calls for a change in infrastructure away from fossil fuels. With ultra-fast, carbon-free fuel for electric and hydrogen vehicles, ZEV StationTM hopes to help remove the vehicle from the carbon equation TM.

The Opening of ZEV’s First Charging Station in Palm Springs

ZEV Station held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on 28th September 2022 at the venerable Palm Springs Art Museum to officially unveil its first public charging stations. The following people spoke at the event to discuss their environmental commitments and to welcome the opening of ZEV Station: 

  • Lisa Middleton, the mayor of Palm Springs;
  • Adam Lerner, the CEO of the Palm Springs Art Museum; 
  • And Jesse Schneider, the CEO/CTO of ZEV Station.

Both vehicles can charge using the charging dispensers’ SAE J1772 CCS1 and Tesla charging capabilities.

At the Ribbon Cutting event, ZEV Fleet Co., a division of ZEV Station, was also introduced. It intends to use last-mile delivery fleets of all-electric step vans to showcase a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) model. 

This will make it possible for owners of last-mile delivery fleets to assess the advantages of a Class 2 EV delivery van and persuade them to enroll in ZEV Station’s offtake agreements.

“Today, we welcome the first step for us starting DC Fast charging in Palm Springs, California. ZEV Station has the mission to replace fossil fuels with zero-carbon energy. It’s our firm belief that EV charging and later hydrogen will replace gasoline & diesel, respectively. ZEV Station is planning next year to have a larger site, a Premier location off the I-10 Highway, to showcase exactly this.” 

Many investments have been made in the ZEV project by the Government. Startempire Wire also reported about a significant investment made in ZEV.

$384 Million in ZEV Funding to Support the Initiative of Zero-Emission Vehicles  

The 2022 AltCar Expo took place on October 27, 2022, at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center as part of WRCOG’s Clean Cities Coalition initiative. Apart from AltCar Expo, $384M in Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) funding was announced. 

Read More: $384 Million in ZEV Funding! And 2022 AltCar Expo.

Pathway to Carbon-Free Environment

When it comes to creating initiatives to lower emissions from mobile sources, California Air Resources Board (CARB) has been a pioneer. Nearly 40% of California’s emissions of greenhouse gases, including well over half of the emissions that cause ozone and particulate matter, come from mobile sources. 

We must transition away from petroleum in the automobiles we drive and the fuel we use to comply with California’s health-based air quality regulations and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

By merging the regulation of smog-producing pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions into a single coordinated package of rules, CARB has adopted a novel approach to regulating passenger vehicles, including cars and light trucks. 

Additionally, the new strategy from CARB makes an effort to encourage and speed up the adoption of plug-in hybrids and zero-emission vehicles in California.

Read More: Zero-Emission Vehicle Program

Wrap Up!

To achieve its goal of having zero emissions from new vehicles by 2035, California needs to transition its infrastructure away from fossil fuels. Additionally, governments are making significant infrastructure investments to support a shift to quick EV charging and hydrogen refueling. The grants will speed up the creation of ZEV Infrastructure, a natural haven next to a highway.

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