World's First EV Charging Corridor in the Works

A new alliance between SolarCity, a solar power system manufacturer and Rabobank, a California based bank, announced the launch of a joint effort to create the world's first electric vehicle charging corridor.

The corridor in question will include four locations between San Francisco and Los Angeles (Salinas, Atascadero, Santa Maria and Goleta) and will be built together with Tesla Motors.

This charging station corridor demonstrates an important component of SolarCity’s vision for a carbon-free lifestyle. We’re combining clean, renewable solar power with all-electric transportation, allowing drivers to travel through California with zero emissions,” Lyndon Rive, SolarCity CEO said in a joint release.

SolarCity has already provided more than 100 solar home charging stations for Tesla Motors customers and has taken upon itself a distribution contract for EV charges for Toyota Tsusho.

The SolarCity corridor will allow EVs to reduce the amount of time needed to charge their batteries. Rabobank branches along Highway 101 will be used as charging stations as well. The bank has already fitted a 30 kilowatt solar installation at its South Broadway branch in Santa Maria.

We hope that this corridor of charging stations provides new travel opportunities for electric vehicle owners and gives further momentum to the renewable energy movement,” Marco Krapels, Rabobank Corporate Social Responsibility committee co-chair stated.

These bank branches are what I call enabler locations because they allow EV drivers to take longer trips and thereby use the EV as their primary car,” Tom Dowling Electric Auto Association manager added. “Solar-powered charging stations mean true zero-emission driving, from well to wheels.”
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