Electrify America to Invest $3 Million in California for Zero Emission Vehicle Awareness and Education in Low Income and Underserved Communities

Electrify America announced an increase in funding by nearly $3 million to four award-winning community organizations to promote 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 ZEV infrastructure and education programs in the state through mid-2024 and is part of the company’s larger commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG).

This announcement builds on four years of prior funding investments of millions of dollars 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 goal of supporting a fairer transition to electric vehicles and zero-emissions driving. This year’s investment will expand on engagement initiatives from the previous year to support online and offline education, electric ride and drive programs, events, potential electric vehicle incentives and workshop funding, and grassroots community engagement.

In addition, this year’s community organizations will focus on home charging education as well as outreach and engagement in support of Electrify America’s Green City investment of $25 million to bring charging infrastructure to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and begin supplying electricity to tens of thousands. of the drying trucks that enter the port complex each day.

By providing education, access, charging infrastructure, and services to promote ZEV leadership, including $18 million in education and marketing, Electrify America has invested a total of $400 million in California through 2021, with $197.3 million of that amount going to lower income, disadvantaged 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 electric vehicle adoption,” said Gabriela Herrera Gugiu, corporate social responsibility specialist, at Electrify America. “We believe it is our responsibility to help create a future where zero-emission vehicles are 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 welcomed more than 100 nonprofit, private and public organizations to submit proposals to support brand-neutral ZEV education and outreach in disadvantaged and low-income communities.

Building on this $3 million investment in California to promote zero-emissions 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) for its development. A renewable solar photovoltaic (PV) project in San Bernardino County, California. The new solar project, called Electrify America Solar Glow TM 1, is expected to produce 75 megawatts of peak solar power and enough 100% renewable energy per year to offset the power currently delivered to Electrify America consumers through its vast network.

More than 100 battery energy storage systems are installed at charging stations in 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: Electrify America




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