Southern California Edison To Install 1,500 Charging Stations

2 years ago by Mark Kane 8

2016 Chevrolet Volt charging

2016 Chevrolet Volt charging

Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison

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

SCE is calling the “Charge Ready” program a pilot project, so we assume that there could be 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, which would need future approval).

Cost on SCE’s side is to be $22 million ($14,667 per one station – we assume all AC Level 2 for most, if not all, stations).

SCE plans to install charging stations in places where people park their cars for extended periods of time including workplaces, 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“.

“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.”

Caroline Choi, SCE vice president for energy and environmental policy said:

“A 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.”

“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.”

More details about the SCE “Charge Ready:”

“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 also provides funding for education and outreach to develop awareness about the benefits of electric vehicles and charging from the power grid. 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.”

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8 responses to "Southern California Edison To Install 1,500 Charging Stations"

  1. Leeper says:

    $14k per , are they talking chargers or a set of chargers? If they are talking chargers I’ll only charge $10k and through in free install out of the goodness of my heart!

  2. cleanworldnow says:

    You forget how much the utility charges for service upgrades to support the added loads. Easily $6 to $47K per building. I’ve seen upwards of $150K when a new service has to be dropped in.

    1. martinwinlow says:

      Well I make it £11,166 per station. Why spend this much when a simple nema 5-20 weather proof socket would be perfectly adequate is a complete mystery. That’s enough for a 6 miles per hour of charging rate. Certainly for condos etc where the Mode 2 cable required would be safe from thieving scum-bags and drunken morons. Even if some health and safety Nazi deems it not safe enough, you can buy a perfectly good, wall-mounted EVSE for well under $500 these days. MW

  3. SJC says:

    Tax payers should provide incentives for EV makers and utilities to install chargers everywhere.

  4. These are not necessary public charging stations, just “charging docks”.

    Note: No info on public accessibility has yet been made available. The real question is this going to be a service to electric vehicle owners, or to property managers?

    The answer will hint to what direction access strategies and pricing models will be employed. eg: will the billing be via your local electric utility bill. It will be interesting to follow this pilot project to see how well it will be received by EV and property owners.

  5. Bill Howland says:

    Considering what they charge the average ratepayer, they should install charging docks.

  6. DonC says:

    The bigger story is what all three of the large utilities in CA are doing. SDG&E obtained approval to install 3500 chargers — 10 chargers at 350 locations — at workplaces and multi-residential areas where people can be expected so be for four or more hours. While SCE’s program is a pilot, for SDG&E this is part of a roll-out which has the goal of installing 5500 chargers.

    In contrast PG&E’s proposal for 25,000 chargers and 100 DC chargers (with the idea of installing 500) was rejected, apparently because it wasn’t phased. A revised plan is in the works.

    Personally I think both SDG&E and SCE are on the wrong tact. While the “pilots” presumably will have price signals to keep charging at desired hours, it’s hard to see how that would be effective at work sites. I’d rather see more 120v chargers at places people are parked for long times and more DC chargers.

  7. Phr3d says:

    Every small step is a step in the right direction – if these are everywhere and easy to use, range becomes less an issue. Get out, swipe, plug-in, go on about your day. Meanwhile, utility has complete control to limit or shut off your consumption to serve load balance.