Electrify America says seven additional ultra-fast electric vehicle sites will be available for public use later this year in addition to six currently available in Sacramento.

This marks the next phase of Electrify America’s Green Cities initiative known as Sac-to-Zero, which aims to increase charging infrastructure and electric vehicle usage in the city.

The charging infrastructure will help expand the availability of electric vehicle DC fast charging for customers who drive or are considering purchasing a zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV).

Electrify America’s US$44m investment in Sacramento started with the introduction of two new electric car share programmes last year. Envoy launched in November, 2018 at designated properties throughout the city, most of which are located in affordable housing communities and Gig Car Share started its full free-float car sharing fleet last month.

“Through the Sac-to-Zero initiative, Electrify America is laying the foundation for zero emission transportation options for the people of Sacramento,” said Electrify America senior director marketing, communications and Green Cities, Richard Steinberg.

“We are opening 13 ultra-fast charging stations in the Sacramento area, establishing EV car sharing services and developing electric bus and mini-shuttle mobility options.”

In addition to 13 new EV charging sites and new car sharing programmes, Electrify America funding is replacing existing internal combustion engine shuttles with three new electric versions at a cost of around US$300,000 each, before a Hybrid and Zero Emissions Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) rebate, as well as installing the supporting charging infrastructure for the SmaRT Ride on-demand transit service in the Franklin Boulevard area.

Additionally, Electrify America is providing a dozen new electric buses and charging infrastructure to support a route between the cities of Davis and Sacramento. Each electric bus costs around US$1m before an HVIP rebate; the service is slated to begin later this year and will be jointly delivered by Yolo County Transit District and SacRT.

Many of Electrify America’s charging stations are located at or near large retailers.