Electric vehicles are a hot topic with many car shoppers, but one thing that prevents wider adoption of this technology is a lack of infrastructure. In a nutshell, charging stations are much less common than gas stations. This fact makes some drivers reluctant to part ways with combustion engines.
Though there’s still a lot of expansion that needs to take place, the network of charging locations keeps growing. One more charging site is on the way, and it’s a big one. The city of Pasadena has announced that it’s teaming with Tesla to build the largest fast-charging site in the western United States.
All Charged Up
By a 7-0 vote, the Pasadena City Council authorized a 5-year agreement with Tesla that will create 44 public-access fast-charging stations on the roof level of a local parking garage. Of this batch, 24 of the charging stations will be Superchargers, made to be used solely by Tesla EVs. All the Superchargers will be paid for by Tesla.
The deal also calls for Tesla to foot the bill for installing the electric infrastructure that’s required to add 20 fast-charging stations for EVs that don’t wear the Tesla badge. According to the Pasadena Star-News, it’s estimated that having Tesla pay for this wiring will save the city $140,000 in capital costs
This arrangement would give the city of Pasadena its very first Superchargers, which is amazing when you consider how popular Tesla EVs are in southern California. It would also dramatically increase the city’s number of direct-current (DC) fast-charging stations, raising the total from one to 21.
More than 300,000 zero-emissions vehicles have been sold in California, and EVs comprised almost 5 percent of the state’s market share in 2017. California’s state government has said that it wishes to sell 5 million zero-emissions vehicles by 2030. That won’t be possible without adequate infrastructure, so here’s hoping that this upcoming Pasadena charging station is a bellwether for even more exciting things to come.