ChargePoint, the electric vehicle (EV) charging network, and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all ground transportation in the city, have entered into an agreement for deployment of high-powered charging infrastructure for battery-electric buses.
As part of the agreement, ChargePoint’s Express Plus charging architecture will be installed as part of the revitalization of the Woods Bus Yard and will fuel the first full battery electric buses to hit the streets of San Francisco beginning in 2020.
ChargePoint has been committed to making it easy for businesses and drivers to go electric since 2007, with the largest EV charging network and most complete set of charging solutions available today. From workplaces to fleet, residential to retai, the company is creating the new fueling network to move all people and goods on electricity. To date, its network has grown to more than 101,500 places to charge with drivers plugging in approximately every two seconds while delivering more than 64 million charges.
SFMTA’s effort to fully electrify its fleet by 2035 is one of the most progressive in the U.S. and is at the leading edge of a nationwide shift to convert fleets to electric around the country. The electrification of buses is forecast to be one of the most aggressive in the coming years, with experts anticipating that electric buses will make up about half of all those in service in the United States by 2029 and nearly 70 percent of all buses in operation by 2040, well ahead of growth rates of passenger vehicles.
ChargePoint will work closely with SFMTA to build out electric bus infrastructure for the Woods Bus Yard beginning later this year. Leveraging ChargePoint’s advanced high-powered charging architecture, the project will include nine DC charging solutions with power provided by nine Power Blocks, enabling charging output of more than 150 kW per bus. In addition to hardware, ChargePoint will empower SFMTA teams with a suite of powerful software solutions to help improve efficiency and lower ongoing electricity costs.