Driving a Clean Energy Future: PG&E Celebrates National Drive Electric Week, Accelerating EV Adoption and Grid Readiness
Company Supports Broader EV Adoption with Clean
Transportation Programs and Customer Incentives
In recognition of National Drive Electric Week (Sept. 23 - Oct.
2, 2022), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is
encouraging customers to drive electric, promoting electric vehicle
(EV) programs and resources available to customers, and sharing its
progress to prepare the grid for widespread EV adoption in support
of California’s clean air and climate goals.
Currently, one in six electric vehicles in the nation plugs into
PG&E’s grid, or about 330,000 EVs. As part of the 2030 targets
outlined in PG&E’s Climate Strategy Report released earlier
this year, the company is preparing the grid to quickly and safely
power at least 3 million EVs—or about 12,000 GWh of EV-related
electric load. PG&E is also working to enable 2 million of
those EVs to participate in vehicle-grid integration applications,
allowing EVs to be a cornerstone of both reliability and climate
“We take great pride in the role PG&E is playing to lead the
way on clean transportation. The orchestration of EVs is the key to
an affordable, reliable and resilient energy future for
Californians. We are proactively investing to prepare the grid for
this future, and we’re supporting customers at every step of the EV
ownership journey by increasing access to charging infrastructure
and offering rate options, rebates, tools and education,” said
Aaron August, PG&E Vice President, Utility Partnerships &
How PG&E is Supporting California’s EV Future
To unleash the full potential of EVs for customers, PG&E is
accelerating equitable EV adoption by:
- Continued prioritization of grid readiness and
proactively building grid capacity to accommodate new EV demand
through a multiyear grid investment plan.
- Rapidly accelerating EV-enabling technology by
partnering to explore and scale low-cost grid and infrastructure
solutions, vehicle-grid integration technology, second-life battery
programs, autonomous EVs, and other technologies.
- Partnering with innovators across the entire EV value
chain to build the large-scale electric infrastructure needed to
incorporate EV charging systems into the grid and enable customers
to use their EVs to power their homes and communities.
PG&E is also deploying cost-efficient, targeted customer
programs to accelerate equitable EV adoption with the aim to:
- Increase access to EV infrastructure, by deploying
chargers to support all of PG&E’s customers and setting aside
budgets in programs for underserved communities.
- Reduce the total cost of EV ownership for customers
through innovative rate structures, like PG&E’s real-time EV
rate for business customers.
- Increase EV customer awareness by partnering with
community organizations to understand local education needs and
tailoring tools and materials to drive EV adoption.
- Seamlessly integrate EVs with the grid, enabling
vehicle-grid integration, EV market participation, and grid
“We’re excited to collaborate with the broader EV ecosystem of
vehicle manufacturers, supply equipment providers and others to
create robust marketplaces where many can thrive. We have a
Memorandum of Understanding with industry, government, and labor
leaders to accelerate ‘vehicle-to-everything’ technologies, and we
will continue engaging with coalitions to advocate for policy and
regulatory positions that enable accelerated and equitable EV
adoption, market integration and customer affordability,” said
Local EV Events Coming Soon
PG&E will be participating in multiple EV-focused events in
the coming weeks to help educate customers regarding EVs and answer
any questions regarding EV adoption:
- PG&E’s Vaca-Dixon Substation Centennial Event (Sept.
30) will include EV booths and electric vehicles for customers
- Charge Across Town Event (Oct. 8-9) will be held at
Embarcadero Plaza during San Francisco’s Fleet Week, Oct. 8-9 from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Charge Across Town will showcase the latest in
electric cars, bikes and scooters. Attendees can test drive EVs and
learn more from experts regarding EVs and charging options.
EV Customer Programs and Incentives
PG&E offers a variety of tools and resources to help educate
customers regarding EV ownership. Customers are invited to check
out PG&E’s EV Savings Calculator, an online resource to browse
vehicles, discover incentives, compare rate plans and locate
charging stations. PG&E also offers an EV Checklist to help
customers get started on the path to EV ownership.
PG&E is preparing to launch additional EV buying and
charging programs in the coming months. Current programs available
- PG&E’s EV Fleet Program helps customers with medium-
and heavy-duty vehicles in their fleets to install cost-effective
charging infrastructure to save money, reduce tailpipe emissions
and simplify maintenance.
- Through its EV Fast Charge Program, PG&E is funding
and installing infrastructure at qualifying customer sites to
support the expansion of publicly available fast charging stations
for light-duty vehicles.
- PG&E’s EV Charge Schools Pilot is installing level 2
charging stations at school facilities and educational institutions
for staff, parents and students to charge their EVs. PG&E helps
fund the costs of purchasing and installing the EV charging
equipment and networking fees at participating schools, as well as
ongoing maintenance and operations. With up to 40% of the new
chargers located in disadvantaged communities, the pilot is
bringing EV charging options to customers who might not have had
- The EV Charge Parks Program provides charging
infrastructure at State parks and beaches for fleet and public
usage in support of California’s electrification goals.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric
utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square
miles in Northern and Central California. For more information,
visit www.pge.com/ and http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.
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