Motorists could see the network of electric vehicle charge stations in Sonoma and Mendocino counties more than double in size, fueled by the infusion of $5 million in state funds over the next three years to help meet California’s electric fleet goals.
The current number of universal, publicly accessible charging stations available across the roughly 5,000 square miles of land is about 460. It could grow to almost 1,100 chargers by 2024 with a new rebate incentive program from the California Energy Commission that will launch next fall in partnership with Sonoma Clean Power and four local air districts.
The combined initiative was one of three selected for the funding, appropriated by the Legislature from vehicle registration and plate fees. Sonoma Clean Power is set to contribute $1.5 million and the northern Sonoma County air district will also kick in $150,000 in matching dollars to bring the project total to nearly $7 million.
New $7 million initiative aims to more than double EV charging stations in Sonoma, Mendocino counties by 2024, by Kevin Fixler, The Press Democrat, August 27, 2019.