Clipper Creek to start upgrades next month
As long as we’re writing about infrastructure, we thought that we would try to find out more on the status of the upgrades to the existing EVSE units installed around the state of California that we learned about in August of last year. As it happens, Clipper Creek, one of the upgrade partners, is going to start on them in June.
Clipper Creek’s portion of the upgrade involves approximately 635 individual EVSE installations at over 300 sites around the state. These legacy systems include various types of installations, including Liberty PlugIns (LPI), AVCON, and Small Paddle Inductor (SPI) EVSE (see photo on right). According to the terms of the grant provided, all stations will be updated at each selected site.If there are multiple SPI units installed, one functioning SPI unit will be left for existing users. Most existing sites have two to four EVSE units installed.
Clipper Creek’s plan is to start in three areas primarily – Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles. Work will continue throughout the state going as far south as San Diego, and as far north as the Lake Tahoe/Truckee area. Their intent is to “update the widest footprint of infrastructure possible”. The three initial target areas should be completed by year end. Other areas should start to see upgrades by mid-2011, with completion targeted for all areas by Spring 2012.
We currently have an inquiry into EVConnect, the other upgrade partner performing system upgrades, to determine their status.
So basically, if you live in Northern California, or in parts of the Greater Los Angeles area, look for the old EVSE units at Costco and other sites to be upgraded starting next month. Good news for those LEAF drivers in those areas.