SDG&E and Sempra Energy Employees Reach ‘Race to 500’ EV Target
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Sempra Energy have finished their “Race to 500” two years ahead of schedule – hitting the target of 500 employees transitioning to driving electric vehicles in 2018, instead of 2020. This initiative supports local and statewide goals to reduce transportation-related air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
“Our employees understand that transportation – the daily commute to and from work, school, stores, etc. – make up the largest source of carbon emissions in our communities, and they want to do their part to help build a more sustainable future for our region by switching to clean-air vehicles,” said SDG&E Chief Operating Officer Caroline Winn, who drives an EV. “And frankly, many of our employees have found that driving electric vehicles is not just good for the environment, it can help them save money.”
SDG&E first announced its “Race to 500” initiative in October 2015 and now 10 percent of SDG&E employees drive EVs. SDG&E supports the transition to electric vehicles with information about various financial incentives, dealer discounts, EV charging infrastructure and pricing plans on its website.
Transportation electrification is key to achieving California’s ambitious climate action goals since the movement of people and goods – powered largely by gasoline-fueled vehicles – accounts for 41 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in California. That percentage is even higher in the city of San Diego – 54 percent.
Currently, about 420,000 electric vehicles are on the road in California. In SDG&E’s service territory, there are approximately 30,000 EVs in the region, which represents about 67-percent growth in less than three years. SDG&E customers who drive EVs are eligible for special pricing plans, which give them more control over their fueling costs so they can program their cars to charge at times when costs are the lowest.