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California Public Utilities Commission approves $738M in transportation electrification projects for utilities

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently approved $738 million in transportation electrification projects for the state’s electric utilities. The CPUC authorized the state’s utilities to implement the following over approximately five-years:

  • San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) Residential Charging Program ($137 million): SDG&E will provide rebates to residential customers to install up to 60,000 Level 2 charging stations at home.

  • SDG&E’s Residential Grid Integrated Rate (no incremental costs): SDG&E will offer customers participating in the Residential Charging Program the option to enroll in an EV-only rate that varies hourly based on day-ahead forecasts of grid conditions.

  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Direct Current Fast Charging Make-Ready Program ($22 million): PG&E will install the make-ready infrastructure at approximately 52 sites that will support approximately 234 fast charging stations.

  • PG&E’s FleetReady Program ($236 million): PG&E will install the make-ready infrastructure at a minimum of 700 sites to support the electrification of at least 6,500 medium- or heavy-duty vehicles.

  • Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Medium- and Heavy-Duty Infrastructure Program ($343 million): SCE will install the make-ready infrastructure at a minimum of 870 sites to support the electrification of at least 8,490 medium- or heavy-duty vehicles.

  • SCE’s Commercial Electric Vehicle Rate Design (no incremental costs): SCE will establish three new time-of-use rates for commercial customers with electric vehicles.

The budget for these projects is approximately $738 million, with a further $29.5 million for program evaluation. Each of the four investment programs has a requirement to target a certain percentage of its investment in disadvantaged communities.

In 2016, the CPUC directed the investor-owned utilities to submit applications proposing projects aimed at accelerating transportation electrification across all sectors, from light-duty passenger cars to medium- and heavy-duty fleet, transit, and freight vehicles. PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E proposed the large-scale programs approved today, initially requesting approximately $1 billion to implement. Today’s decision modifies some aspects of each approved program, including the budgets. The decision was based on a public process that included 11 days of Evidentiary Hearings and four Commissioner-led community workshops throughout the state.

Senate Bill 350 sets forth 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets to be achieved through a variety of measures, including widespread transportation electrification.



Once again, California is leading with an essential $$$M support programme to accelerate the installation of more charging facilities and to improve electromobiity.

How many other States/Countries will follow California's exemple?


I find the cost contrasts VERY interesting.

$137M for 60,000 personal vehicles is about $2300 per.

$373M for minimum 8490 heavy vehicles is max $40k per.

Hypedrogen stations cost upwards of $1 M to support maybe 10-20 personal vehicles/day, roughly 50-100 total per station (filling every 5 days).  That's $10-20k per.


a) Very low capacity, very slow e-charging facilities are not costly.

b) Larger capacity, mid-speed e-charging facilities cost about 18 times more per.

c) Higher capacity, high speed e-charging facilities cost much more, up to 50+ per.

d) Much higher capacity, ultra high speed DC e-charging facilities cost even more, up to 150+ per.

e) Ultra quick speed H2 distribution stations can/will match the cost of (d) above.

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