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Southern California Edison is launching its Charge Ready program, which will add as many as 1,500 electric vehicle charging stations to SCE’s service area. The utility, which serves nearly 14 million people via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California, will bring representatives of local businesses and other organizations together on Wednesday in Irwindale to learn how they can take part in the pilot program.

The $22-million Charge Ready pilot aims to get more electric vehicle charging stations installed at locations where cars are parked for extended periods—for example, at workplaces, apartment and condo complexes, fleet vehicle parking lots, campuses and recreational areas.

Under the Charge Ready program, participants, or site hosts, will own, operate and maintain electric vehicle charging stations, and SCE will install and maintain the supporting electrical infrastructure at no cost to participants.

As an additional incentive to participate, SCE will offer rebates to offset some or all of the cost of the charging stations and their installation, depending on the location and type of establishment. The program also calls for at least 10% of the charging stations to be installed in disadvantaged communities.

At the pilot’s conclusion, SCE plans to seek authority from the California Public Utilities Commission to expand the program to about 30,000 charging stations.

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