California approves $44 million electric vehicle infrastructure program

    "This decision is another step toward meeting California’s deep decarbonization and ambitious transportation electrification goals."

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    A program that supports the installation of 2,000 new charging stations at apartment and work complexes throughout San Diego was just approved by the California Public Utilities Commission. Introduced by San Diego Gas and Electric, the $43.5 million electric vehicle infrastructure program will build off a successful pilot program launched in 2016.

    “This decision is another step toward meeting California’s deep decarbonization and ambitious transportation electrification goals,” the program summary said.

    The Power Your Drive program “sets an equity requirement that 50 percent of sites be in underserved communities,” according to the program’s summary. While the pilot program installed over 3,000 charging stations at apartments and work complexes in a three-year period, the approved program will work on the remaining demand of deploying 1.5 million EVs by 2025 and 5 million EVs by 2030—roughly 500,000 EVs in SDG&E’s service territory— to meet California’s electric vehicle infrastructure goal, according to NDRC.

    “The climate crisis and California’s ambitious goals to electrify its transportation sector require fast and bold action,” Joe Halso, Sierra Club Attorney, said. “Though much more needs to be done, this program is an important step forward.”

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