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I just skimmed the article. It incorrectly said the all-electric Volt, and the BMW 13. The article is 0 for 2 in identifying what was actually purchased.

Leave it to government to figure out the least efficient way to solve a problem.
 

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I think the original poster's information is not quite correct, and perhaps a disrespectful? After all, if there were a low-income town, say Berlin City, Wisconsin, of similar size and income, would we have said "State spends $500,000 for retirees' Cheesehead Cadillacs"?


True, the article is a bit vague and requires following some links. What is in the article refers to is:



  • The $519,000 funding is correct and comes from a $100 million settlement with NRG as a penalty for market manipulation during the California electricity crisis of 2000. In that sense it is a fine, similar to the VW settlement. And we all want Electrify America to build out a non-Tesla network, right? What's the matter if NRG has to fund some through EVgo?



  • The fund is specifically restricted from purchasing vehicles. At worst, it funds a lot of consultants; at best, it supports new charging stations: 'Make-ready' for L2's and one 50kW CCS/CHAdeMO charger near Huron, California.



  • The drivers in the program are retirees, hacking their own cars for pocket change. We may all be retirees at some time. Hopefully, we will have other options than driving an informal jitney, but if we find our options limited, keeping active behind the wheel of an EV may be better than being a greeter...


  • A 50kW CCS charger in Huron may be useful for all EV drivers. Although it has been a long time since I lived in California, PlugShare shows a CCS charging desert on I-5 from Gustine to nearly Bakersfield. A 50kW CCS station just 4.5 miles from Tesla's Harris Ranch Supercharger looks like it would be a welcome bridge.


Again, do people who make $25,000 a year and live in a toxic town need us to beat up on them some more? I think we are better than that.
 

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Stretch your dollars and buy a whole fleet of used EVs; I think they subsidized this at something like 500,000 which would have bought a car for every family in this town and paid their electric bill for quite some time.

https://cal.streetsblog.org/2018/10/25/greening-the-heart-of-the-central-valley/
1. OP apparently doesn't know what "Tijuana taxi" means.

2. OP grossly mis-states the facts


However, if *I* had been setting up the thing, I would have bought used or off-lease i3 (or maybe LEAFs), instead of buying new vehicles.
 

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I just skimmed the article. It incorrectly said the all-electric Volt, and the BMW 13. The article is 0 for 2 in identifying what was actually purchased.

Leave it to government to figure out the least efficient way to solve a problem.
The guy at Weber auto channel on youtube had a Volt that had no usage on the battery and he was thrilled. He said it was part of a government fleet but they hadn't bought any EVSEs so the batteries had never been used. Go figure... government efficiency. On a similar note, back in the hurricane sandy aftermath, I was a member of the SC State Guard air wing and we used private aircraft to fly 2 stroke oil to NJ... because some bureaucrat didn't know chainsaws needed oil....they had a whole warehouse full of chainsaws new in the box they couldn't use.
 

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the 500k number was reported in the BEE and it was a subsidy from the Public Utilities Commission and others (Bee article was this past Sunday 11/4/18). In the Bee article the main complaint was that they couldn't fit enough people in the EVs. Suggestion or common sense would indicate that a Club Wagon (15 passenger van) might be more suitable for this application.
 

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Wow, Tijuana Taxi to me was a musical reference, bringing back recollection of an album cover with a young woman covered in whipped cream, an adolescent dream evoked. Thank you, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Probably could not currently have either the band name or the album cover.

Rest easy, this is simply NRG settlement money (remember EVGo is owned by NRG, and is the entity administering settlement money). The settlement requires NRG/EVGo to invest $102.5 million to deploy EV charging infrastructure across California: $50.5 million to public fast charging "Freedom Stations" (one DC 100kW port + one level 2, or two 100kW ports), $40.0 million to install infrastructure to support at least 10,000 stubs at existing facilities, $1.9 million to stationary storage, $2.12 to high-power EV charging demonstrations (your 150kW stations), $1 million to UCSD for EV storage accelerator (EVSA), and then $4.0 million on projects in "Under-Served Communities. $3.48 of which goes to develop seven EV charging hubs in disadvantaged communities (each hub will have at least four 50kW DC), and finally, amazingly specifically mentioned in the settlement agreement is the "Green Raiteros of Huron", with their $519,400. What a boondoggle for Huron. About 1/2 the budget is fed back into the community organizer networks, and about 1/2 for infrastructure. No vehicles were purchased by NRG money. The single most expensive item is "Energy Storage" of $75,000, footnote 23/24 (there is typo on copy) indicates batteries are added to manage grid load and mitigate cost, so $42,500 for 80kWh Nissan 2nd life battery, $30,000 for EPC coverter, with $2,500 for shipping/commissioning and $2,500 controller license cost share.

Once again, it appears the press release information provided to the media was incomplete, and assumptions made. And I thought those farmworkers had pulled a fast one, or that actual taxpayer money was involved. Boy, was I wrong.
 
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