North Coast EV Charging Infrastructure

EVCSmapThe first phase of the installation of electric vehicle charging stations (EVCSs) for the Redwood Coast Electric Vehicle Charging Network (REVNet) is nearly complete. REVNet is a coordinated effort led by the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) to jumpstart public charging infrastructure on the North Coast. Over the last year, 10 EVCSs have been installed at nine locations across Humboldt County: Trinidad, McKinleyville, Arcata, Eureka (two stations), Willow Creek, Ferndale, Fortuna, and Rio Dell.

In 2012, SERC partnered with the RCEA in the development of a Readiness Plan for the North Coast region of California. One of the key results of this work was the projected number of publically accessible EVCSs needed to support an on-road fleet comprised of 2% electric vehicles (approximately 3,000 vehicles). In 2013, SERC again partnered with RCEA in the pursuit of funding for the first installation phase of charging stations in Humboldt County, which was successfully awarded under CEC grant ARV-13-029.

A dual head 7.2kW charging station installed at The Greenway Building in Arcata.

A dual head 7.2kW charging station installed at The Greenway Building in Arcata.

This project involves many partners, with SERC coordinating the installation effort as Owner’s Engineer for RCEA. Dave Carter is managing construction, with Kristen Radecsky and Jerome Carman supporting. RCEA and SERC partnered with OurEvolution Energy & Engineering to lead the civil engineering tasks, and GHD to review electrical plans. McKeever Energy & Electric Inc., who partnered with DCI Builders for civil contracting work, won the public bid for an electrical contractor to install EVCSs at seven of the nine sites. The other two sites, McKinleyville Shopping Center (owned by Pierson Company) and St. Joseph Hospital, used their own electrical contractors, Ambrosini and Sons and Colburn Electric respectively.

RCEA is piloting a non-profit ownership model. The stations are planned to be operational in March.

Accelerating the Adoption of Low Carbon Transportation Fuels

The transportation sector accounts for 37% of all tracked greenhouse gas emissions1 in California, making this a key focus sector in statewide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The California Energy Commission has aggressively funded the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) through which SERC has received funding for numerous planning and implementation projects over the last four years.

Transportation-countiesSERC is continuing this important work through three more planning and implementation projects funded through ARFVTP in partnership with the Redwood Coast Energy Authority and the Siskiyou County Economic Development Council:

  • The North Coast Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan Implementation Project, which covers Del-Norte, Humboldt, and Trinity Counties. This project will address permitting and code barriers to the installation of electric vehicle charging stations (EVCSs), conduct micro-siting efforts to identify viable locations for EVCSs, and engage in education and outreach efforts.
  • The Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Glenn-Colusa Planning & Upstate Implementation Project, which covers Colusa, Glenn, Siskiyou, Shasta, and Tehama Counties. For this project we will develop a readiness plan for Glenn and Colusa Counties, address permitting and code barriers to the installation of EVCSs, conduct micro-siting efforts to identify viable locations for EVCSs, and engage in education and outreach efforts.
  • The North Coast and Upstate Fuel Cell Readiness Planning Project, which covers Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity Counties. This project will develop a readiness plan for the ten county region to prepare for the accelerated deployment of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

These projects build upon and expand the geographic reach of past efforts.

Transportation

Driving the World’s First Mass-Produced Fuel Cell Vehicle

There’s a new hydrogen vehicle in town: a 2016 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle. SERC will use this state-of-the-art vehicle, on a three-month loan from the Hyundai America Technical Center Station, as an education, outreach, demonstration, and testing tool for zero emission vehicle (ZEV) planning projects in the North State region of California.

These projects, funded by the California Energy Commission, include planning for hydrogen fueling infrastructure, working with local municipalities and key stakeholder groups to facilitate deployment of hydrogen fueling infrastructure and fuel cell vehicles, and conducting public education and outreach activities to promote these efforts.

The vehicle made its North Coast debut last month at the ZEV Ride and Drive Event at the Arcata Community Center. Along with our long-running Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid vehicle, it was used as a shuttle for people attending Arcata’s 42nd Annual North Country Fair.

SERC research engineer Jerome Carman poses in front of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle.

SERC research engineer Jerome Carman poses in front of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle.

In addition to outreach events, SERC engineers will also collect and analyze driving and fueling data from the HSU Hydrogen Fueling Station to determine the vehicle’s performance under the driving conditions characteristic to our unique geographic and climatic region here in Humboldt County.

To learn more about the vehicle, come to the Sustainable Living Expo on Saturday, October 24 at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. The vehicle will be on display from 10am to 2pm, and SERC engineers will be available to answer questions you may have. Hope to see you there!