Electric Vehicles

California Utilities Expand Green Fleets

October 23, 2015

Photo of Calfiornia Gov. Jerry Brown viewing the Chevrolet Bolt concept car by Claudia Wong.
Photo of Calfiornia Gov. Jerry Brown viewing the Chevrolet Bolt concept car by Claudia Wong.

California's largest utilities including San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) will beef up the number of plug-in electric vehicles in their fleets in the near term, the companies announced at the Drive the Dream 2015 event earlier this month.

On Oct. 15, California Gov. Jerry Brown and a group of more than 40 corporate leaders, public sector partners and industry leaders met to announce new initiatives to accelerate the continued adoption of plug-in electric vehicles and workplace charging in California.

SDG&E will add more than 150 EV work vehicles to its fleet, including trouble trucks and aerial lifts, the utility announced at the event. SDG&E also announced its "Race to 500," a commitment to get 500 employees driving electric cars by 2020.

PG&E will invest $35 million for new chargers, workplace incentives, and expansion of its corporate PEV fleet. The utility also announced an investment of $100 million to add 750 battery electric and plug-in electric vehicles over the next five years. PG&E also plans to up the total number of employee charging stations throughout the state to 400 and will also continue to provide employee incentives to buy electric vehicles.

Over the next 12 months, SCE will install 50 Level 1 and Level 2 fleet charging stations to supplement its existing 340 charging stations. As for workplace charging stations, it plans on adding 25 Level 1 and Level 2 stations at its facilities to supplement its existing 100 stations. It will also acquire 36 new plug-in electric fleet vehicles.

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