Soon, EV drivers in Humboldt County will be able to use local fast chargers to refuel their vehicles in about 30 minutes.
Last year, ChargePoint received a grant from the California Energy Commission to install DC fast charging (DCFC) stations at 6 locations in Humboldt County (map inset left).
Currently, only level 1 (L1) and level 2 (L2) public chargers are available for use by the public. With a level 1 charger, it takes 22 hours to go from empty to full, on average. With a level 2 charger, it takes about 8 hours. A Level 3 (L3) charger can reach an 80% charge in about a half hour, depending on the battery capacity in the vehicle.
While Bayshore Mall is home to 10 Tesla superchargers, only Tesla vehicles are compatible with these stations.
The new fast chargers scheduled for installation this spring will be available to EVs of all shapes, sizes, and brands.
Initially, the chargers were scheduled to be installed last spring, but delays occurred due to contractual hurdles and weather.
RCEA is evaluating ownership options for some of the locations, and for now we’re partnering with ChargePoint to expedite installation and update EV drivers as progress is made.
DC Fast Charges Coming Spring 2018, by Redwood Coast Energy Authority Staff, Redwood Coast Energy Authority February Newsletter, February 2018.