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VIDEO: California regulators to explore utility role in electric vehicles

California is poised to establish a transformative electric vehicle framework that will speed up electric vehicle adoption faster than ever before by integrating public utilities into the state’s growing electric vehicle infrastructure.

This November, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will rule on the role of utilities in deploying charging infrastructure, a key issue in their mid-term review of the electric vehicle market. The CPUC will make a decision on public utilities role in the state’s electric vehicle infrastructure. To help inform their decision, both San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) have submitted filings to cover nearly $500 million in electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

ChargePoint believes that it is time that utilities play a significant role in EV charging infrastructure. With their scale and expertise, utilities can rapidly expand the deployment of charging stations and accelerate EV adoption. The right approach as seen in SCE‘s filing will:

·      Cut the cost of enabling a site with EV charging by reducing installation costs;

·      Communicate the benefits of driving electric to rate payers to accelerate EV adoption;

·      Lower energy costs for all ratepayers by managing EV load in a way that limits the additional capital resources that need to be deployed; and

·      Provide for site owner choice of the ultimate charging solution, sustained innovation and spur competition and private investment.

SCE is proposing to install up to 30,000 EV charging stations in their territory over the next five years. In the proposal, SCE will provide a rebate to customers looking to install EV charging so they can choose the charging hardware and technology they prefer from a variety of vendors in the market. Additionally, SCE will cover the cost of installing the station.