Caltrans installed an electric vehicle charging station at the Shandon Rest Area near Highway 46 East in San Luis Obispo County.
This comes after two other charging stations were activated last fall at the US 101 Camp Roberts Rest Area in southern Monterey County.
The charging stations are solar-powered, direct current and fast-charging. They were installed in locations in more remote areas to encourage longer travel trips by electric vehicles. Charging is free to the public in 30-minute increments.
The stations can be used day or night and during cold or wet weather. Common cables and connectors are available for electric vehicles. The stations can also charge Teslas if the driver carries an adapter.
The Camp Roberts charging stations cost $1.4 million and were paid for by the Monterey Bay Air Resources District.
The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District contributed to the Shandon charging station.