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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission for projects aimed at accelerating widespread EV adoption. The utility has proposed a total of seven projects and requested a budget of $253 million in order to develop and see these to fruition. The California legislature has recognised the role of energy companies, like PG&E, in developing the necessary electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure to help the state meet climate and clean-air goals.

“California continues to lead the nation in the fight against climate change, and electrifying our transportation sector is the next game changer. By expanding the state’s EV infrastructure, PG&E is continuing to help California meet its climate goals while making it more convenient for our customers to choose clean, affordable electricity to fuel their vehicles,” said Geisha Williams, PG&E president, Electric.

According to a release, transportation is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions at nearly 40% in California. [Smart energy: PG&E submits proposal to CPUC for RE]

Through this proposal, PG&E plans to expand its initiatives to help customers and businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to transportation. The electricity fueling EVs in California comes from one of the cleanest energy mixes in the country – PG&E delivers nearly 60% of electricity to customers from greenhouse gas-free resources.

PG&E EV projects

[quote] The Californian utility plans to expand the electrification for fleets with medium- and heavy-duty vehicles including school buses, transit agencies and delivery fleets that often use diesel, a highly polluting fuel. To address air pollution issues in the state, PG&E suggests a five-year project with a budget of $211 million that would build “make-ready” electric infrastructure for medium- to heavy-duty and off-road fleets. [PG&E report documents progress towards a ‘smarter’ and more reliable grid]

PG&E also proposes to complement state and privately funded fast charger deployments with new electric infrastructure – responding to consumer demand for fast-charging stations, which can refuel EVs in 20-30 minutes. In prior years, this type of infrastructure has been slow to develop due to the high costs and complexity of installations. The company’s five-year $22 million recommendation includes offering a significant rebate toward the purchase of a fast charger for sites in disadvantaged communities.

PG&E will utilise the findings from a new report and interactive map developed in partnership with the University of California, Davis to support and facilitate the installation of fast chargers in Northern and Central California.

Exploring new uses for vehicle electrification through five, one-year projects for an overall budget of $20 million. These include a range of projects for both consumers and heavier-duty vehicles and focus on: simplifying charging for residential customers; exploring commercial smart vehicle charging; and requesting third parties to submit potential electrification projects to the company.