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PG&E installs nearly 5,000 EV charging ports across Northern and Central California

Bakersfield, Chico, Fresno, Grass Valley, Red Bluff and San Jose combine for 192 recently added charging locations

San Francisco—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced this week that it has installed 4,827 Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging ports at customer sites across Northern and Central California since 2018.

Through its first EV charging infrastructure program — EV Charge Network — PG&E partnered with businesses at 192 locations and with 11 EV charging companies throughout its service area including in Bakersfield, Chico, Fresno, Grass Valley, Red Bluff and San Jose.

Through September 2021, PG&E has enabled charging for 5.5 gigawatt-hours of electricity, equivalent to more than 1,400 traditional cars being taken off the road for a year.

Through the EV Charge Network program, PG&E paid for and built the necessary electrical infrastructure from the electric grid to the parking space at each customer site. Additionally, PG&E offset a portion or all of the cost of the actual charger for all participating customers, based on the site and location.

With 39 percent of the new chargers — or 1,859 charging ports — located in disadvantaged communities, PG&E helped to bring EV charging options to customers who might not have had them before.

Accelerating Clean Transportation in California

Increasing EV adoption is a critical component to making California’s clean air future a reality as transportation is the single largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions in California, contributing about 40%. The state aims to have all of California sales of new passenger cars and trucks be zero-emission by 2035.

While EV adoption continues to grow in California, the lack of available places to charge remains one of the biggest barriers. PG&E’s EV Charge Network supports the adoption of EVs by increasing access to charging in locations where it has traditionally been limited and where cars often sit for longer periods of time, like workplaces, apartment buildings and condominiums.

PG&E’s Additional EV Charging Efforts

  • EV Fleet program: Aims to install or rebate make-ready electrical infrastructure at 700 sites by 2024 to support the adoption of 6,500 medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles.
  • EV Fast Charge program for public fast chargers: Complements state and privately funded initiatives and aims to install more than 50 plazas for DC fast charging in highway corridor and urban sites. Earlier this year, PG&E installed four fast chargers at its first site at 7-Eleven in West Sacramento, Calif.
  • Special rates, rebates and tools: PG&E has electric rate plans tailored for customers who drive EVs and offers tools such as PG&E’s EV Savings Calculator and Fleet Calculator (ev.pge.com and fleets.pge.com) to help customers understand costs when adopting an EV.

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