Southern California Edison installs 1,500 charging stations

The California Public Utilities Commission approved Southern California Edison’s plan to install 1,500 charging stations within its service territory.

2/22/16 4:00 am chumakdenis 1

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Southern California Edison’s plan to install 1,500 charging stations within its service territory.

5703.pngSCE is calling the “Charge Ready” program a pilot project, so we reckon that there could be the continuation in the longer term, provided the first batch of 1,500 charging stations are successful -- in the press release we also found an ultimate number of 30,000 stations at an estimated cost of $355 million.

Cost on SCE’s side is to be $22 million ($14,667 per one AC Level 2 station).

Place

SCE will install charging stations in places where people park their cars for extended periods of time including workplaces, apartments and condominium complexes.

Here’s what has been said on that:

5702.jpg“The California Public Utilities Commission’s approval clears the way for SCE to begin implementing its $22 million “Charge Ready” program to get more electric vehicle charging stations installed in locations where people park their cars for extended periods of time. For example, at workplaces, campuses, recreational areas and apartment and condominium complexes.”

*If you are within SCE’s service territory, then beginning in March the utility will start accepting applications from “prospective participants“.

More details about the SCE “Charge Ready” program

Choi described the “Charge Ready” program as a partnership in which the utility will install and maintain the supporting electrical infrastructure, the cost of which will be covered by the program while participants will own, operate and maintain qualified charging stations.

As an incentive to participate in the program, SCE will also offer rebates of between 25 and 100 percent of the base cost of the charging stations and their installation, depending on location and market segment. The program also calls for at least 10 percent of the charging stations to be installed in disadvantaged communities.

At the conclusion of the pilot, SCE will seek authority from the CPUC to expand the program to bring the total number of charging stations to about 30,000 for a total estimated cost of $355 million. The program will also provide funding for education and outreach to develop awareness about the benefits of electric vehicles and charging from the power grid.

And on top of that SCE also received approval to offer new advisory services to help its business customers learn about transportation electrification technologies.

Choi said the program will help move California closer to its objective of putting 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025, which will in turn support the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gases and meet deadlines for federal clean air standards.

Some obstacles

 As always, installment of charging stations has never been an easy thing to do.

There is a huge lack of space is big cities and towns, red tape—we all know how hard it might be to get a license for something — and other stuff alike.

Because of all these things, there are simply not enough charging stations and that’s a huge issue.

Here’s what   Caroline Choi, SCE vice president for energy and environmental policy, said on that:

5704.jpgA major barrier to electric vehicle ownership is that there aren’t enough charging stations where people normally park their cars. We believe that by giving electric vehicle owners more options to charge their vehicles, this program can actually help to accelerate the market in Southern California.”

Well, it can clearly be seen how passionate Caroline Choi about this program.

Let’s wish her good luck and hope that we’ll receive much more charging stations in California than we do have now.

“Electricity has a benefit that few other alternative fuels can claim. While electric vehicles currently cut carbon emissions by 70 percent, they will only get cleaner and cleaner because the grid is getting cleaner as the result of state clean air policies.”

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