SDG&E To Install 3,500 EV Charging Stations


The California Public Utilities Commission approved a program that allows San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to install 3,500 electric vehicle charging stations in 350 locations throughout the San Diego and south Orange County areas. SDG&E will install at least 10 percent of the chargers in disadvantaged communities.

The plan is part of SDG&E's "Vehicle Grid Integration" program. The program is designed to encourage EV drivers to charge their cars when electricity supply, including renewable energy, is plentiful and energy prices are low. By offering special off-peak rates, vehicles can be more efficiently integrated onto the grid, helping to avoid on-peak charging that drives the need to build more power plants and other electric infrastructure.

Approval for the SDG&E program comes shortly after the CPUC approved a pilot program to deploy 1,500 EV stations in Southern California Edison (SCE) territory. 

Together, the SDG&E and SCE programs represent an important step in meeting Governor Brown's goal of deploying infrastructure to support 1 million EVs by 2020 and increasing access to the use of electricity as a transportation fuel, in line with the Charge Ahead California Initiative.


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