February 9, 2015 | By Jaclyn Brandt
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) went before state regulators on Monday, Feb, 9, asking for permission to implement what would become the largest deployment of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the United States. The company’s plan would bring around 25,000 EV chargers to commercial and public locations across Northern and Central California.
According to the company, the sites would include multi-family dwellings, retail centers, and workplaces. PG&E also plans to provide tools and education to the site hosts.
“Our proposed build-out of EV charging infrastructure aims to accelerate customer adoption of clean, quiet, and efficient plug-in vehicles by reducing lingering range anxiety. It reflects our commitment to helping the state of California meet its critical clean air and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals by promoting cleaner transportation,” said Tony Earley, chairman, president, and CEO of PG&E. “By supporting market acceptance of electric vehicles, it should create tremendous new opportunities for other infrastructure and technology companies, help keep California in the forefront of EV innovation, and create new jobs in local communities across Northern and Central California.”
PG&E is no stranger to electric vehicles — they currently have more than 60,000 registered in their service area, which accounts for more than one-fifth of all the EVs in the country.
According to PG&E, “the chargers would be provided at no cost to the site host. PG&E proposes to own all of the infrastructure, but contract with third parties to build, install and maintain the chargers and manage customer billing.”
The cost of the program would be covered by the state’s electric customers. If the project is approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E expects the project will take around five years to complete.
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