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Hundreds Of EV Charging Stations Headed To Bay Area


There will soon be more places to charge electric vehicles throughout San Francisco and San Jose. Volkswagen will install hundreds of fast-charging stations in metros throughout California as part of its $2B settlement, the San Francisco Business Times reports. The automaker was penalized last year after it was revealed its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles were designed to cheat U.S. emission tests. Volkswagen is required to spend $800M in California.

San Jose and San Francisco will each get 350 or more charging stations that will be installed at multifamily sites, offices, commercial and retail, and municipal parking lots and garages. Volkswagen’s new subsidiary, Electrify America, will be in charge of the investment, installation and maintenance of these stations. Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento also are expected to receive more stations.

San Francisco is pushing to pass an ordinance that would require installation of electric vehicle charging stations for new construction of residential, commercial and municipal buildings.

The ordinance will require new construction projects to supply power and infrastructure to the stations, City and County of San Francisco PACE program manager Richard Chien said during a recent Bisnow event. He said tenant demand is growing for EV charging stations. The ordinance is a part of the city's effort to reduce carbon emissions in transportation.