SDG&E Joins Other Utilities in Backing EV Infrastructure
- Oct 6, 2020 1:22 pm GMT
San Diego Gas & Electric said it launched a program to deploy charging infrastructure to support zero-emission buses, trucks, forklifts and other medium-and heavy-duty vehicles and equipment.
The utility also said it planned to transition its entire operations fleet to zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) by 2040.
The customer-facing program, known as Power Your Drive for Fleets, will install charging infrastructure to support 300 locations and facilitate the deployment of at least 3,000 medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles in the San Diego region over the next five years.
The utility program will help fleet owners with reduced electricity pricing plans, financial incentives and rebates, as well as site design, permitting, construction, activation, maintenance and upgrade support.
The program offers additional rebates on charging equipment for schools, transit agencies, and eligible sites located in communities with socio-economic disadvantages, including air pollution due to proximity to traffic or large commercial/industrial facilities.
SDG&E said it aims to electrify all of its light-duty fleet vehicles and transition 30% of its overall fleet to ZEVs by 2030. Since 2010, SDG&E has replaced 17% of its fleet with low-emission vehicles.
The California utility joins other utilities in transitioning their own vehicles to zero-emission models. In late September, American Electric Power announced it plans to replace all of its 2,300 cars and light-duty trucks with electric alternatives by 2030. The Ohio-based utility estimated the move will help it avoid using more than 10 million gallons of fuel, amounting to a $40 million savings in fuel costs over the life of the vehicles.
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