PG&E to install infrastructure for another 16,000 EV charging ports in California

Published on November 01, 2021 by Dave Kovaleski

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is planning to install infrastructure for 16,000 additional charging ports in Northern and Central California, including Level 2 EV chargers.

This new effort will support multifamily housing residents with onsite, workplace, and public destination charging options. Further, PG&E plans to install Level 2 EV chargers and fast chargers at publicly accessible locations, including shopping centers, local government buildings, and park-and-ride lots.

“Expanding the use of electric vehicles is essential for California to achieve its bold climate and clean-air goals. With this proposed program, we believe we can continue doing our part to expand EV charging infrastructure for our customers, which is a critical component of increasing EV adoption. We value our role as an active partner in helping make EVs an option for millions of Californians. Reducing vehicle emissions is good for our state and good for the environment,” PG&E’s Aaron August, vice president, business development and customer engagement, said.

The plan is subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Should the CPUC approve the program, PG&E would install or rebate the necessary electrical infrastructure to connect parking spaces to the electric grid and install the associated EV chargers. PG&E would pay for all or a portion of this work, depending on the customer type.

There are currently more than 360,000 EVs in PG&E’s service area, which represents nearly 20 percent of all EVs in the country. PG&E installed 4,827 Level 2 EV charging ports at customer sites across Northern and Central California as part of its EV Charge Network. This accounts for roughly 18 percent of the total number of Level 2 charging ports in the state. PG&E has partnered with customers at 192 locations and with 11 EV charging companies throughout its service area.