Justin Herbert throws a career-high four TD passes, but still searching for first win with the Los Angeles Chargers

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Justin Herbert did everything he could to help the Los Angeles Chargers snap a losing streak and post his first NFL win Monday night.

The rookie quarterback threw a career-high four touchdown passes. His last scoring pass was a big-time 64-yard strike for a go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter. He also drove the Chargers down the field and put them in position to kick a game-winning field goal with less than one minute remaining in the fourth quarter.

But these are the Chargers, who cannot get out of their own way and have struggled to win close games. They blew a 17-point lead for the second consecutive week, missed the game-winning field goal as time expired in regulation and lost 30-27 in overtime to the New Orleans Saints.

“Losing’s tough. It always is,” Herbert told reporters after the game. “I know we’re really close. I know if we keep working hard and doing the right things, good things will happen. I love the way this team battles.”

Herbert’s first three touchdown passes of 17, 4 and 3 yards powered the Chargers to a 20-3 lead in the second quarter. His fourth scoring was a 64-yard pass to Mike Williams that gave the Chargers a 27-20 lead with 3:40 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Herbert, who completed 20-of-34 passes for 264 yards with no interceptions in the game, has now thrown seven touchdown passes in his last two games and nine scoring passes this season.

“I thought he executed. Made some good plays,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn told reporters after the game. “But we didn’t win the game, so I’m not excited about complimenting anybody, to be honest. But I thought the kid did some good things.”

The Saints’ tied the game 27-27 with a touchdown, and Herbert and


Solar-Powered EV Chargers Go Where Grid-Tied Stations Can’t

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While you can build a gas station pretty much anywhere zoning codes allow, electric vehicle fast-charging stations need to be placed in close proximity to dedicated service transformers to support their heavy draw from the grid. Access to that type of infrastructure isn’t always available in rural areas, which means that large swaths of California have few public charging stations, if there are any at all. Electrify America is filling in the service gaps with off-grid electric vehicle charging stations powered only by the sun.

The national EV charging network announced today it added eight solar-powered charging stations in under-served areas in California. EV ARC stations are freestanding Level 2 chargers that don’t need to be tied to the power grid to work. Rather, they’re equipped with a 4.28-kilowatt (kW) sun-tracking solar array and 32kWh of on-board battery storage. They generate 100% of its stored electricity from its solar panels and can operate even at night or during power outages to charge two vehicles simultaneously at a speed of 3.3 kw.

“In rural areas of California there isn’t always the infrastructure available for charging stations,” explains Nina Huesgen, senior manager at Electrify America. “Providing this access to charging can increase the confidence of local EV drivers in need of public charging options.”

Although 8% of new vehicle sales in California were EVs in 2019, rural areas have only half a percent of penetration, according to Envision Solar, which manufactures the EV ARC stations.

Electrify America is positioning eight solar powered stations in easily-accessible public locations in Fresno County with plans to install 30 in rural and economically disadvantaged areas of California by the end of 2020. These stations are free and open to the public, and are meant for “opportunity