California utility PG&E proposes new commercial EV charging rates

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to create new commercial plug-in vehicle charging rates. Right now, fleet operators often pay higher rates to charge their EVs than regular business customers do. PG&E is proposing a subscription-based model that will let customers choose the quantity of power they’ll need, similar to the way a mobile customer chooses a data plan.

Steve Malnight, PG&E’s Senior VPt for Energy Supply and Policy, said the proposal is a step in the right direction. “Expanding the use of electric vehicles is essential for California to achieve its bold climate and clean-air goals. As EV adoption has continued to grow in California, PG&E has recognized the need to create pricing plans that enable customers to take advantage of this clean technology,” Malnight said. “Charging an electric vehicle is different than powering a building. EV charging will be simpler, more affordable and more consistent under this proposed plan.”

PG&E, in accordance with the California Clean Energy & Pollution Reduction Act, plans to greatly increase Californian’s access to charging. It wants to install 7,500 chargers at buildings and residences all across North and Central California, and plans to expand to larger fleet charging and public fast charging stations in the coming year.

 

Source: Pacific Gas and Electric