It’s tough to drive an electric-powered car if you don’t have a place to plug it in, but that’ll soon be less of a problem on the west coast. California has set a goal to put 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025, which will help meet the state’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. To help meet this goal, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has asked state regulators for permission to build 25,000 electric vehicle chargers at sites across its service area in Northern and Central California.
“Our proposed build-out of EV charging infrastructure aims to accelerate customer adoption of clean, quiet, and efficient plug-in vehicles by reducing lingering range anxiety. It reflects our commitment to helping the state of California meet its critical clean air and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals by promoting cleaner transportation,” said Tony Earley, chairman, president, and CEO of PG&E Corporation.
Currently more than 60,000 plug-in electric vehicles are currently registered in PG&E’s service area, which represents more than a fifth of all EVs in the United States. All of the 25,000 stations PG&E proposes to build would have Level 2 chargers, which provide up to 25 miles of range for every hour of charging. To support travel between metropolitan areas, PG&E also wants to install 100 DC fast chargers, which can recharge an EV’s battery up to 80 percent in only 30 minutes. If the proposal is approved, PG&E estimates that it will take up to five years to bring all of the chargers online.