FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE) – State and local agencies say they hope to improve air quality in Fresno on Thursday by opening new charging stations for electric vehicles.
The 31 “level two” chargers and eight fast chargers were deployed near 5 affordable housing sites deemed disadvantaged by the California Air Resources Board.
“Today, Fresno Housing hosted 5 different multi-unit properties here in southwest Fresno, including a total of 39 electric vehicle charging stations here in the neighborhood,” said Michael Duarte of the Fresno Housing Authority. .
“These stations represent one of the largest groups of electric vehicle chargers in California,” said Kaya Herron, deputy director of the Fresno Black Chamber of Commerce.
The expansion of electric vehicle charging in Fresno is part of a $ 4 million incentive project to reduce pollution.
“When the majority of your inhabitants do not have access to a garage to plug in their car,” explains Miguel Arias, city councilor for the Third District of Fresno. “It’s no secret why electric cars are not being adopted in the southern part of the city.”
The stations are available to the public, and program officials plan to provide vouchers to those living in social housing in the area to use the charging stations at low cost or for free.