Charging an electric vehicle. Photo by Chris Jennewein

The San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy will help California manage a $200 million program to dramatically increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations.

The center was awarded a $15 million contract by the California Energy Commission to develop and implement the statewide initiative.

More than 216,000 plug-in electric vehicles are currently on the road in California, supported by some 3,600 public charging stations. The state’s goal is to have adequate charging infrastructure to support up to 1 million vehicles by 2020 and 1.5 million vehicles by 2025.

“This really changes the landscape of electric vehicle charging in California,” said Colin Santulli, director of clean transportation for the Center for Sustainable Energy. “In addition to developing a variety of incentive projects, we will launch comprehensive marketing and education efforts to help make the public and target audiences aware of the incentives as they become available.”

Santulli said that while many PEV owners charge their vehicles primarily at home, there is increasing need for workplace and public charging to accommodate the anticipated rise in electric vehicle use.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.