Southern California Edison Proposes $760M Charge Ready 2 Program


Southern California Edison proposed a new $760 Million Charge Ready 2 Program to install 48,000 more charging points over four years.

The news comes two years after the $22 million Charge Ready pilot program from 2016 when the company intended to install 1,500 charging points. SCE targets charging stations for places where people park their cars for extended periods of time, like:

  • workplaces
  • campuses
  • recreational areas
  • multi-unit dwellings

The pilot already resulted in 1,000 installations and 1,250 at more than 60 locations to be ready by the end of this year. Interesting is that despite the volume of the project, 30-times bigger, average price per charging station (AC Level 2) is slightly higher – $15,800 per single stall.

The Southern California Edison invests in the charging infrastructure because expects 7 million electric cars on state highways by 2030.

“After having recently installed Charge Ready’s 1,000th EV charging station, SCE today filed its plan with the California Public Utilities Commission to expand the program to support the installation of 48,000 more charging ports. The proposed $760 million program would continue over four years.

“Achieving California’s ambitious goals for reducing air pollution and harmful greenhouse gas emissions will require 7 million electric cars on California highways by 2030,” said Caroline Choi, SCE senior vice president for Regulatory Affairs. “Taking Charge Ready to the next level will allow SCE to develop charging infrastructure needed to support a big portion of those cars.”

Charge Ready will increase the availability of EV charging stations where people park their cars for extended periods of time, like workplaces, campuses, recreational areas and multi-unit dwellings.

SCE installs and maintains the supporting EV charging infrastructure and provides rebates to reduce charging station costs, while participants typically own, operate and maintain qualified charging stations.

Demand for the pilot program has been high, with an expected 1,250 charging stations at more than 60 different locations at the pilot’s conclusion this year.

“By allowing hundreds of our employees the opportunity to conveniently plug-in daily at work, our headquarters has become the blueprint for zero-emissions corporate commuting throughout the nation,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of planning for Hyundai Motor America in Fountain Valley, where 74 Charge Ready chargers were installed.

Lynwood, Charge Ready’s first site, installed eight charge ports for public and employee use in the civic center parking lot and six more to charge Lynwood’s new fleet of EVs used for city operations.

Lynwood city officials say they are excited that Charge Ready gives citizens more options to charge EVs, and that having an electric fleet allows the city to be part of the solution to cleaner air and lower greenhouse gas emissions in Southern California.

Most of the charging stations added during Charge Ready’s pilot phase have been installed in workplaces, schools and universities, hospitals, destination centers and fleet yards. But in the second phase, SCE wants to make a more concerted effort to increase the number of chargers available in apartment and condominium complexes as well.

Another goal is to install at least 30 percent of charging stations in communities that are disproportionately affected by pollution and economic hardship. More than half of all charging stations added during the pilot phase were in such communities.

With the approval of the second phase of Charge Ready, SCE also plans to launch a marketing and customer education campaign to increase EV awareness.

Shawn Cun, energy manager of El Monte Union High School District, where SCE has installed 44 charging stations, has already seen the benefit of customer education by participating in Charge Ready.

“On top of being able to provide our students, teachers and staff the opportunity to charge their EVs, having the charging stations also exposes EVs to more individuals in our community, including many who might not have had that exposure before,” Cun said.

SCE is also launching a number of other approved Charge Ready-branded pilots and programs that support medium- and heavy-duty trucks, transit buses, port equipment and other industrial vehicles, as well as public and home-based charging for cars.”

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Will the Commission guarantee profits for this product too as they do for renewable projects? If that’s the case then you know why prices are higher…they could not care less, they get their money from taxpayers anyway.

SCE I suppose is to be congratulated for increasing the number of public charging docking stations. Much better performance than the San Onofre Nuclear ‘UPRATE’ boondoggle.

That was where they eliminated most of the ‘STAYS’ in the HPSG’s (Mitsubishi, the manufacturer, claims they only built what they were told to build), and the things rattled themselves down to junk such that, in stead of MORE power being produced by 2 Nukes, now they are both Shut Down to the point where only Diablo Canyon is the only NUKE location in California (neglecting what is supplied by other states, of course).

After what Japan went through can you blame people for being nervous about a costal nuclear plant.

Relax – Diablo Canyon although on track to shut down, has not as of yet. Perhaps when it does they’ll have enough powerwalls hooked up to get them through the late afternoon.

Don’t know about Diablo but i know San Onofre was pretty old so it was due to close anyway. Maybe the new nuclear tech will come through and will prove its worth… then they can talk about adding more nuclear to the mix.

Watts Bar (commercial operation started late 2016) is the newest Completed Nuclear Plant in the United States. Only took them 44 years to build it. Probably will be the last Second Generation Nuclear Plant ever made. Only other things on the Horizon are the 2 VOGTLE AP1000’s from bankrupt Westinghouse and Toshiba, in a few years – current planning is late 2021, and late 2022. Nothing actually new Seriously planned for California – They’ll get their Nuke power from other states.

As I mentioned SONGS was *NOT* due to shut down since they just invested in brand new HRSG’s in both units, and they were planning to INCREASE their power output, not decrease it to ZERO for both plants combined. But, incompetency got in the way.