Electric cars in California just got a boost. A network of charging stations will be built at 1,000 locations across the state, funded by a $120 million legal settlement with NRG Energy, Inc. The funds come as the result of a dispute about inflated power contract costs during the 2000-2001 energy crisis.
The network will include 200 public fast-charging stations and 10,000 plug-in units in the San Francisco Bay Area, the San Joaquin Valley, the Los Angeles Basin, and San Diego County, according to Governor Jerry Brown’s office, which announced the settlement with the California Public Utilities Commission on Friday.
“This is a truly creative deal that offers tremendous value for California utility customers,” said CPUC Commissioner Mike Florio in a statement. “In one stroke it closes out an unfortunate chapter in our history and propels us down the road to a clean transportation future. Through the settlement, EVs will become a viable transportation option for many Californians who do not have the option to have a charging station at their residence.”
Governor Brown also signed an executive order calling for 1.5 million zero-emissions vehicles in California by 2025.