Southern California Edison: 7 Million Electric Cars In CA By 2030

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California will bank on the successes of electric cars like the Chevrolet Bolt EV, among others, to meet its tough targets.

Southern California Edison (SCE) just published its Clean Power and Electrification Pathway white paper and it’s super-positive for electric cars.

SCE’s updated commitment banks on current programs and further expands upon the state’s clean air initiatives. President and CEO of Edison International, the parent company of SCE, Pero Pizarro, shared in the press release:

“Climate change and air pollution are serious threats that will require the state to transform the way energy is produced and used. California is a global leader in addressing climate change and we will enable those efforts by leading the transformation of the electric industry to better serve our customers, protect the environment and improve public health.”

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Hopefully, sooner rather than later, Tesla Model 3 production will kick into high gear. There should be a few of these around by 2030 right?

California aims to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

With the first set of goals only 12 years away, policies must be clarified and adhered to, and business leaders and community members need to be on the same page. President and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air, and South Coast Air Quality Management District board member, Joseph Lyou, said:

“I am encouraged to see SCE proposing solutions and taking seriously our clean air needs and climate protection goals.”

First Solar CEO, Mark Widmar, added:

“SCE’s push to evolve the role of solar energy and the clean energy market will result in making zero emission electric supply available cost effectively for expanded use in transportation, homes and businesses.”

In order to work to achieve its goals, the Clean Power and Electrification Pathway calls for an accelerated and interrelated threefold process:

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SCE’s initiatives not only focus on increased adoption of electric cars but also charging infrastructure and solar installations.

  1. Doubling the use of carbon-free electricity from 40 percent today to 80 percent by 2030, supported by energy storage – The electric sector has already reduced GHG emissions below 1990 levels and now accounts for only 19 percent of California’s GHG emissions.

  2. Accelerating the use of electric vehicles, including passenger cars and medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, to more than 7 million by 2030 – The transportation sector is the largest source of GHG emissions and local air quality problems, with 40 percent of the goods entering the nation moving through the region’s ports and highways. “It is critical that we work toward providing measurable reductions in air pollution that causes health problems and disproportionately affects communities that are located near transportation corridors with heavy freight movement,” Pizarro said.

  3. Increasing electrification of commercial and residential space and water heating – SCE’s plan indicates that the electrification of nearly one-third of residential and commercial space and water heaters, combined with continued improvements in energy efficiency in buildings, could reduce GHG emissions significantly.

Editor’s Note:  To put that 7 million figure in prospective, InsideEVs’ tally for plug-in vehicles on California roads today stands at ~357,432 through October

SCE President, Ron Nichols, concluded:

“SCE is dedicated to delivering a clean energy future for California. The Clean Power and Electrification Pathway provides a blueprint to achieve the company’s and the state’s air quality and climate policy goals by building a clean energy economy while creating high-skill middle income jobs. SCE will continue to leverage and expand a wide variety of innovative technologies, including large-scale and customer-sited renewables, energy storage and energy efficiency.”

For Southern California Edison’s Clean Power and Electrification Pathway white paper in full, click here.

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18 Comments on "Southern California Edison: 7 Million Electric Cars In CA By 2030"

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It’s not a complex pathway considering what SCE is capable of contributing. Charging Infrastructure and incentives.

What they don’t say is that they’ll be more than happy to gouge you at their ridiculous electrical rates and be more than happy to spend more on capital investments for which they are guaranteed a positive rate of return. They can’t lose!

They are not supposed to lose, that’s not how you run a business.

I blame the CPUC for being inept and corrupt. One of the reason that the rates are so high is because they keep building new NG plants that are not needed with the blessing of the CPUC. Don’t get me started on the San Onofre “settlement”.

This is definitely one of the problems. When you’re guaranteed a rate of return why not spend more and more on your capital investment? Even if it’s not needed you still are guaranteed to make $ because of it, even if it never ever gets turned on!

They can’t lose. It’s literally written in legally binding agreements that they can’t lose!

One thing for sure, they will make more money selling power to BEVs than they make selling power to gas stations to pump gas for ICE cars.

They are making $120 per year from me and i’m fine with that. My panels cover my entire household electric consumption and my ev. They know they can’t raise their rates too much or risk loosing more customers to solar and storage.

What kind of batteries do you have, and how many kWhs?

No storage at this time. I wasn’t thinking i was going to want to drive ev at the time i got the panels. Now i wish i went for bigger array, 2 powerwalls and 2 evs and cut the coard completely. It would have added only 2 years to my existing payout time of about 6 years. SoCal is getting crazy cheap when it comes to solar. The biggy is i have no idea how much capacity a powerwall has after 10 years when the warranty expires.

” They know they can’t raise their rates too much or risk loosing more customers to solar and storage.”

They can and they will and they have been doing just that.

You are fortunately that you can actually do that. When they have the PUC in their pockets, they will just pass on the cost to customers who are in the situation that installing solar isn’t possible (shading, apt..etc)

1) carbon-free electricity at home – check
2) carbon-free transp. due to EV and 1) – check
3) carbon-free space/water heating – I guess this would be next for me. That will require a new bigger elec. panel and rewiring parts of my house though.

Yep. I got my $450 check the other day for owning an electric car. Damn, this has saved me insane amounts of money since I’ve owned my Leaf, for the price of a Honda Civic.

Well I hope CA hits a million by the end of 2020

What fraction of total cars would that be?
How many on the road now in california?
Got to get some perspective here.

total population as of 2016 was 39 million which obviously includes children and other non-drivers. I think california is probably one of the states with the largest growing population (someone else will have to see if they can find an annual average or trend). based on this I’d say 7 million is very substantial.

In 2015 there were reportedly about 14.5 million automobiles registered in California.

Obviously by 2030 the number will have grown some, but I don’t have an estimate for how much.

We will reach peak car numbers in CA soon. The existing freeways and highways can’t be extended in most cases due to existing developments. In a few years if numbers keep going up these roads will not be able to take in the extra traffic. I doubt that Elon’s tunnels will make any difference so the solution is yet to be found. My wife 18 mile commute takes 1 hour and this is not one of the most congested areas.