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Gov. Jerry Brown drives electric highway development

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California Gov. Jerry Brown.

The $120 settlement Governor Jerry Brown and the California Public Utilities Commission reached with NRG Energy late last month will pave the way for sweeping upgrades to the state’s infrastructure aimed squarely at drivers of EVs.   

According to Triple Pundit, The plan is to install 200 new public fast charging stations and an additional 10,000 plug-in units at 1,000 locales throughout California.

This follows Gov. Brown’s recent executive order that set goals to have at least 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on California roadways by the year 2025.

“This executive order strengthens California’s position as a national leader in zero-emission vehicles,” Gov. Brown said in a statement cited by The Bottom Line. “The settlement will dramatically expand California’s electric vehicle infrastructure, helping to clean our air and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”