Two California Utilities Get Creative with EV Charging

By February 1, 2016News

California is getting innovative with EV charging, having approved two utility proposals expected to expand charging and boost the numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road.

In the first, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a proposal by Southern California Edison to invest $22 million in its “Charge Ready and Market Education Program,” under which the utility provides incentives to deploy 1,500 EVs.

Having a utility participate in paying for the infrastructure to support EV charging is a new model for providing the infrastructure, said Jordan Ramer, CEO, EV Connect.

In the past, landlords and building owners were responsible for paying for electrical infrastructures to support the charging, he explained. That infrastructure could cost up to $2,000 per station, he said.

“Now the utility is taking the electric infrastructure and making it part of their grid, saying ‘We will make the investment and won’t require the landlord to lay out the cash for that part of the EV equation,’ and taking it a step further and providing rebates for charging stations,” he said.

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