The SDG&E medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle charging infrastructure process follows a few basic steps over a several month timeline.  - Photo: SDG&E

The SDG&E medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle charging infrastructure process follows a few basic steps over a several month timeline. 

Photo: SDG&E

As part of its commitment to support California’s climate action goals and help build a clean energy economy, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced the launch of Power Your Drive for Fleets, a large-scale program that will enable charging infrastructure to support the transition to zero-emission buses, trucks, forklifts, and other medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and equipment.

At the same time, SDG&E announced its goal to transition its own entire operations fleet – including pickup trucks and bucket trucks – to zero emission vehicles (ZEV) by 2040.

Power Your Drive for Fleets will install charging infrastructure to support a minimum of 300 locations and facilitate the deployment of at least 3,000 medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles in the San Diego region over the next five years. 

“One of the most impactful ways to tackle climate change and air pollution is to reimagine our transportation sector as it is the single largest source of harmful emissions in our region and throughout California,” said Estela de Llanos, SDG&E’s vice president of clean transportation, sustainability and chief environmental officer. “As we support local businesses and organizations to electrify their fleets, it’s important that we live by example and are working simultaneously to transition our own fleet of about 1,700 vehicles to zero-emission vehicles.”

By 2030, SDG&E aims to electrify 100% of its light-duty fleet vehicles and transition 30% of its overall fleet to ZEVs by 2030. And by 2040, the company aims to have a 100% zero-emission fleet. Since 2010, SDG&E has replaced 17% of its fleet with low-emission vehicles.

Transitioning to a zero-emission fleet can result in significant financial and environmental benefits. Aside from eliminating tailpipe emissions, fleet owners may be able to reduce total cost of ownership over the long term and simplify vehicle maintenance, as electric and other zero emission vehicles have fewer moving parts than conventional vehicles. However, installing the electrical infrastructure required to power a zero-emission fleet can be time- and cost-intensive because it may require upgrading transformers and other underlying infrastructure due to the amount of power that larger vehicles and equipment draw from the grid.

To minimize or eliminate these up-front costs, SDG&E’s Power Your Drive for Fleets program makes it easier and more cost-effective for organizations with fleets to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Power Your Drive for Fleets connects fleets with reduced electricity pricing plans, financial incentives, and rebates, as well as site design, permitting, construction, activation, maintenance, and upgrade support.

The program also offers additional rebates on charging equipment for schools, transit agencies, and eligible sites located in communities that struggle with socio-economic disadvantages, including air pollution due to proximity to traffic or large commercial/industrial facilities.

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