Driver Special Projects Group (Driver SPG) Building Rove’s EV Charging Centers

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Driver Special Projects Group (Driver SPG) Building Rove’s EV Charging Centers

Santa Ana location will be the first full-service charging center built by SPG

SANTA ANA, Calif. – October 2, 2023 – In what will be the first new full-service electric vehicle (EV) charging center built for Rove, Driver SPG (a part ofC.W. Driver Companies, a leading builder serving California since 1919) has begun construction on this game-changer for EV drivers in Orange County. Upon completion, which is expected in the summer of 2024, the 1.2-acre Santa Ana center will be able to charge 40 vehicles simultaneously via high-powered direct-current fast chargers (DCFCs) with some capable of reaching speeds up to 350 kW, and offer customers enhanced amenities beyond the gas stations of yesteryear.

Rove has plans for six EV charging centers in Southern California, which includes the inaugural location in Santa Ana as well as Corona, Costa Mesa, Long Beach, Torrance and Rancho Cucamonga. The electric vehicle charging company, based in Costa Mesa, ultimately is aiming to open 20 locations by 2026.

The revolutionary concept design for these EV charging stations includes an on-site market operated by Gelson’s offering a curated selection of quality foods, drinks and convenience items, well-maintained restrooms, free Wi-Fi for customers who use the lounge and outdoor patio, as well as an eco-friendly car wash (in some locations). Staff will be on hand during the day, with an additional after-hours security presence.

“Our experience lends itself perfectly to building these novel EV charging centers as they require a high level of technical knowledge as well as the fine details of a hospitality and customer-facing project,” said Karl Kreutziger, President at Driver SPG. “We are excited to have such forward-thinking partners as Rove who are embracing future technologies.”

“Rove is on a mission to offer a better charging experience for EV drivers with easy, fast, and safe charging,” said Nathan McDonnell. “Construction beginning on our first full-service charging center in Santa Ana is a huge milestone for the Rove team. We’re excited to have Driver SPG’s incredible team join us on this next phase.”

With sustainability in mind, the EV charging center will be able to generate renewable energy through the use of onsite solar panels, with battery storage as a supplement to the electric grid during times of peak usage. The Santa Ana charging center will be located at 1008 E. 17th Street, just two blocks from the well-traveled 5 Freeway, with the 22 and 55 Freeways each within two miles.

About Driver SPG

Driver SPG (Special Projects Group) was formed in 2010 as an affiliate of C.W. Driver, backed by over 100 years of construction experience, extensive resources and financial strength. Driver SPG is a standalone company headquartered in Anaheim and serves Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire and Ventura Counties. Driver SPG specializes in tenant improvement, renovation and new construction projects in numerous market sectors. SPG provides a complete solution borne from our proven experience, successfully executing challenging and specialized projects. We provide affordable management services, prompt start-up schedules, and shorter completion times without sacrificing service. For more information, please visit  

About C.W. Driver Companies

C.W. Driver Companies is a premier builder serving California since 1919. In 2019, the historic company proudly celebrated its 100-year anniversary. As a leader in general contracting and construction management services, C.W. Driver Companies are on the cutting edge across a broad spectrum of industries, including education, commercial/office, technology, healthcare/biomedical, mixed-use, assisted living, entertainment, retail, industrial and civic. Ranked in Engineering News Record’s Top 150 General Contractors and Top 100 Construction Managers, C.W. Driver Companies has the ability to build a variety of projects, from large tenant improvements to small renovations and specialized projects through its affiliates Driver SPG and Good & Roberts. C.W. Driver Companies has offices located in Los Angeles, Rancho Cucamonga, Anaheim, San Diego and Carlsbad. For more information, please visit Follow C.W. Driver Companies on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Rove

Rove is a full-service charging station developer and operator in Southern California on a mission to make charging electric vehicles (EVs) fast, safe, and reliable. Using a customer-centric approach, Rove plans to build EV charging centers that transform EV charging and encourage EV ownership. Each location will host more than 40 direct-current fast chargers (DCFC), an onsite market, a 24/7 lounge with restrooms, and a car wash in some locations. For more information, please visit Follow Rove on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.