The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 had a large impact on the rollout of ESVE infrastructure here in California and across the nation. Numerous PEV and EVSE projects were made possible by ARRA funding via the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the Department of Energy. The goal of the initiative was to expedite the production and deployment of electric vehicles due to their societal benefits; reduced consumption of petroleum; lower GHG emissions; and potential job creation related to the development of PEV and EVSE technology and the following manufacturing, sales and support.
ChargePoint America and ECOtality North America both received ARRA funding through the Transportation Electrification Initiative to deploy EVSE throughout the U.S. and in California. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, at the end of 2011, there were over 1,100 public chargers installed in California; over the next few years they estimate that number to grow exponentially.