EV adoption expected to increase with SDG&E infrastructure projects

US utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) plans to increase electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in a bid to encourage the adoption EVs in California.

The utility firm submitted several proposals with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to construct thousands of charging stations for EVs with the aim to reduce carbon emissions from the transport sector in California.

According to SDG&E, 50% of carbon released into the atmosphere in San Diego comes from the transport sector. The projects will force the energy company to increase its renewable energy portfolio.

In a press statement, SDG&E said the approval of its seven proposals to establish new EV charging stations, will allow it to install the necessary infrastructure and related technologies at the San Diego airport, port, parks, taxi and fleet ranks and residential properties.

For residents residing in SDG&E’s service territory, the utility is planning to install some 90,000 EV charging units at single family homes.

Time-of-Use tariffs

The utility’s DR programme will include Time-of-Use (ToU) energy pricing in which customers will be charged less for using energy during off-peak periods.

SDG&E will install 45 EV chargers at the San Diego airport and in addition to installing charging systems at taxi ranks, the utility will provide its customers with incentives to purchase EVs for use as taxis, shuttles and rideshare.

The energy company plans to deploy educational programmes to improve consumer awareness around how EVs can avoid environmental degradation caused by carbon emissions. [SDG&E announces pilot for increased EV integration].

Caroline Winn, COO of SDG&E, said the utility “has spent more than a decade reducing our carbon footprint through the rapid expansion of clean energy. We all want to breathe cleaner air, which means slowing down the impacts of climate change will require an increased focus on the areas that produce the most harmful emissions.”


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.