Fresno County now has the nation's largest electric vehicle charging project in a rural area.
Places like Coalinga, Mendota and Sanger now have an electric vehicle or EV charging station. And each station has two ports, one free to the public, the other is dedicated to public transit and city vehicles. Thirteen rural cities in the country are relying on solar-powered energy for their electric vehicles.
Heather Heinks with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District says the project improves the air quality while providing places for drivers to charge up.
“They are completely solar powered and receive their charge from the sunlight are completely zero emission,” says Heinks.
She also says the growing demand for EV vehicles is creating projects like this one.
“We are absolutely the leaders amongst the entire state of California in the number of EV adoptions that are happening among Valley residents,” says Heinks.
The $800,000 project was funded by the Air District and Caltrans grants.