Why We're Adding New EV Charging Stations in California
Our utility, Southern California Edison, recently received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to begin a pilot project to support installation of as many as 1,500 electric vehicle charging stations within its service territory. The Charge Ready program will help move California closer to its objective of putting 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025, which will in turn support the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gases and meet deadlines for federal clean air standards.
The Charge Ready program will help move California closer to its objective of putting 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.
Details of Our Charge Ready Pilot
Implementing the $22-million Charge Ready program will get more electric vehicle charging stations installed in locations where people park their cars for extended periods of time. For example, at workplaces, campuses, recreational areas and apartment and condominium complexes.
A Fair & Competitive Plan
The Charge Ready program is a partnership in which our utility will install and maintain the supporting electrical infrastructure, the cost of which will be covered by the program, while participants will own, operate and maintain qualified charging stations.
As an incentive to participate in the program, our utility will provide rebates to cover some or all of the cost of the charging stations and their installation, depending on location and type of establishment.
At the conclusion of the pilot, we will seek authority from the CPUC to expand the program to bring the total number of charging stations to about 30,000.
Charge Ready is Inclusive
Our utility will conduct outreach to locate up to 10 percent of the qualified charging stations in disadvantaged communities. In addition, we will form an advisory board with industry and community stakeholders and with representatives from disadvantaged communities, to provide guidance on implementation and outreach.
The program also provides funding for education and outreach to develop awareness about the benefits of electric vehicles and charging from the power grid. SCE also received approval to offer new advisory services to help its business customers learn about transportation electrification technologies.