SDG&E Expanding Electric Vehicle Initiative with New Projects
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) recently announced several newly approved projects and a proposed program to drive electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Southern California. Transportation is the single largest source of carbon pollution in California, and the consensus among policymakers is that electric vehicles are key to meeting climate goals by reducing air pollution.
“We are building momentum to achieve a cleaner, more sustainable future, as businesses, local government agencies and every day citizens embrace ambitious climate goals to clean up transportation,” said Caroline Winn, chief operating officer of SDG&E.
SDG&E received approval Jan. 11 from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for six projects to further expand the EV charging network in its service area. These projects will add charging stations at the Port of San Diego, San Diego International Airport, delivery hubs, shuttle hubs and Park & Ride lots. These projects build upon SDG&E’s Power Your Drive program, which aims to install up to 3,000 charging stations at multi-family communities and workplaces.
The approved initiatives will expand charging infrastructure in San Diego and south Orange counties, making it easier for residents and businesses to switch to electric vehicles.
Additionally, under a proposal submitted to the CPUC in January, SDG&E is seeking approval to build charging infrastructure to support about 3,100 medium/heavy-duty vehicles and equipment, such as, delivery trucks, semi-trucks, buses and forklifts. If approved by the CPUC, the new program would enable a much wider deployment of charging stations in the region and is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42,000 metric tons per year, equivalent to avoiding the use of more than 4.7 million gallons of gasoline.
SDG&E’s projects and proposal will support California’s ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. In addition, they will help California make progress toward meeting Gov. Jerry Brown’s goal of having 5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2030.