US power utility PG&E has submitted its proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to increase EV charging stations in its service territory.The proposed plan aims to boost the adoption of EVs to lower carbon emissions whilst relieving pressure on the national grid.
The utility is hoping that the programme will ensure that excess energy produced from renewable energy sources will be used and not become waste.
According to the Scientific American, the utility company plans to use $160 million to install 7,600 EV charging stations within the next three years.
The programme will focus on increasing the number of EV charging stations with installation at workplaces and multi- family apartments.
Approximately 7,500 Level 2 charging ports and 100 direct-current fast chargers will be installed.
Level 2 charging stations able to fully charge an EV in four to eight hours, will be installed at workplaces and residential premises.
DC fast chargers which power EVs in 20 to 30 minutes will be installed near highways and shopping areas.
[quote] There are currently 5,000 charging stations in PG&E’s service territory.
Reports from the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative shows that 216,000 EVs thus far have been registered to meet the state’s target to have 1.5 million EVs by 2025.
PG&E will partner with multiple EV charging infrastructure providers who will install and maintain the stations.
Max Baumhefner, an attorney for clean vehicles and fuels at the Natural Resources Defense Council, commented: “There’s a growing charging infrastructure gap, and a widening recognition that we won’t be able to fill it unless we have utility-scale investment.”
The capital to fund the implementation of the plan will be sourced from PG&E customers.
EV charging infrastructure development
Meanwhile, in Washington State, power utility Seattle City Light announced its plan to increase the number of EV charging stations to pave way for increased adoption of electric vehicles in Seattle.
The power utility will install hundreds of charging stations in Seattle homes to allow EV users to charge their vehicles at home to reduce pressure on the city's existing public EV charging stations. [Consumers Energy plans to install 800 EV charging stations]
The project will also include the installation of 20 fast charging stations in the city business district to increase the number of public stations.
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