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Caltrans Adds More Electric Vehicle Rapid Chargers in Kern, Inyo Counties
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April 15, 2021

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Drivers of electric vehicles have new fast charge options on State Route 58 in Kern County and U.S. 395 in Inyo County, the California Department of Transportation said Thursday.

“These chargers bring increased mobility for travelers and residents to many of our long-distance destinations along California’s eastern corridor,” Caltrans District 9 Director Ryan Dermody said in a statement.

Adds to State’s Inventory of Fast Charging Stations

The two new locations expand the existing Caltrans inventory of 22 fast-charging stations installed across the Central Valley earlier this year. In January, the agency completed the installation of fast chargers in Fresno, Madera, Kingsburg, Delano, Tulare, Kettleman City, Bakersfield and Tejon Pass.

On Highway 58, two fast charging stations are in place at the Boron Rest Area west of Boron. On the 395, chargers have been installed at the Coso Junction Rest Area north of Pearsonville, the Division Creek Rest Area south of Bishop and at the Caltrans office in Bishop.

Delivers 80% Charge in 30 Minutes

Caltrans said the Level 3 DC fast chargers provide an approximate 80% charge in 30 minutes to EVs with fast-charging capability. The chargers can connect to most electric vehicles, including Teslas with an adapter, and charging is free.

Caltrans has installed fast chargers in other counties, as well, including six in San Diego County, two in Monterey County, one in San Luis Obispo County, two Level 2 charging stations in Napa County and three in Contra Costa County.

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