Southern California Edison (SCE) Launches Charge Ready Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot Program

2 years ago by Mark Kane 11

Southern California Edison to support installation of 1,500 charging points

Southern California Edison to support installation of 1,500 charging points

Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison is moving through implementation phase of its Charge Ready pilot program to install 1,500 charging points.

SCE intends to present details of the project at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at SCE’s Energy Education Center, 6090 North Irwindale Ave., Irwindale. Parking is available in the center’s lot, which has eight EV chargers available for public use.

The Charge Ready pilot is valued at $22 million ($14,667 per charging point) and is just an introduction to the full-scale project with 30,000 charging points (at a total estimated cost of $355 million), that expansion will be submitted for CPUC approval in the future.

Charging stations to be installed where cars are parked for extended periods — for example, at workplaces, apartments, condo complexes, fleet vehicle parking lots, campuses and recreational areas.

  • SCE will install and maintain the supporting electrical infrastructure at no cost to participants
  • participants, or site hosts, will own, operate and maintain electric vehicle charging stations
  • As an additional incentive to participate, SCE will offer rebates to offset some or all of the cost of the charging stations and their installation, depending on the location and type of establishment. The program also calls for at least 10 percent of the charging stations to be installed in disadvantaged communities.

Caroline Choi, SCE’s vice president for Energy and Environmental Policy said:

“We are excited to partner with employers, landlords, universities and other organizations to make it more convenient to charge electric vehicles in Southern California,”.

“What separates Charge Ready from other electric vehicle charging programs is that it encourages broad market participation, customer choice and technology innovation. Participants will have the ability to select equipment suppliers and charging services based on their site’s needs.”

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11 responses to "Southern California Edison (SCE) Launches Charge Ready Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot Program"

  1. Trollnonymous says:

    “10 percent of the charging stations to be installed in disadvantaged communities.”

    I.e. the Ghetto.

    Those will be the least used and will be a waste of time and money.

    1. Speculawyer says:

      You live up to your name.

      1. Trollnonymous says:

        Thank you Mam.

    2. SparkEV says:

      I’d be worried about vandalism. Ghettos typically cover in grafitti. With “high” copper content of charger, wires could get cut and stolen.

      By the way, eVgo’s DCFC at Corona CA had the cables cut by a vandal couple of months ago. There’s security camera picture of a pickup truck and some guy using loppers to cut. See plugshare for photo. Help catch this a-hole!

    3. Brent says:

      Just so you know, some of us work in “ghetto” areas. I work in a 91-100% disadvantaged community and there are at least 15 cars that can benefit from EV charging there.

      My workplace plans to take advantage of this program.

      It never hurt anyone to be a little more open-minded and less judgmental. It isn’t costing you anything directly.

  2. kdawg says:

    This is what they do in Chinese ‘ghettos’ to charge their Teslas.

    http://insideevs.com/tesla-model-s-charges-directly-power-line-china/

  3. Speculawyer says:

    “Charging stations to be installed where cars are parked for extended periods — for example, at workplaces, apartments, condo complexes, fleet vehicle parking lots, campuses and recreational areas.”

    This is GREAT news. One of the biggest obstacles to widespread EV adoption is the difficulty of charging at apartments, condos, etc. Landlords don’t want to pay for systems. But if the utility works with tenants and landlords, they could all pay part of the cost and all get some benefits:
    1) The tenant gets the ability to charge an EV.
    2) The landlord gets a very nice improvement to their building that attracts valuable clientele.
    3) The Utility gets more electricity demand . . . especially highly valued night-time demand when they have massive amounts of excess generating capacity.

    Win, win, win!

    1. Jeffrey Songster says:

      Sounds like a solid policy to me also… just wish they would add more DC FC Combo/CHAdeMO units also… I find myself using those more than the Level 2… which I mostly use at home.

      1. kdawg says:

        I wish they would slate some money for setting up cheap 120V charging too. If a car is sitting overnight or all day at work, 120V can give you 50 miles of range.

      2. LEAF_n_PiP says:

        It would be a better idea if they realized how much more cost effective and useful L1 charging can be. L2s are needed for big battery cars, but the rest can be serviced with 120V lines.

  4. MikeG says:

    This is a good start on building out EV charging infrastructure necessary for EV use to become mainstream.