Southern California Edison’s Charge Ready program to install up to 1,500 charging stations

Southern California Edison Charge Ready

Southern California Edison (SCE) plans to add as many as 1,500 EV charging stations to its 5-million-customer service area.

The $22-million Charge Ready pilot is focused on installing charging stations at locations where cars are parked for extended periods – workplaces, apartment complexes, fleet vehicle parking lots, campuses and recreational areas.

Participants will own, operate and maintain the charging stations, and SCE will install and maintain the supporting electrical infrastructure at no cost. SCE will also offer rebates to offset some or all of the cost of the stations and their installation. The program calls for at least 10% of the stations to be installed in disadvantaged communities.

At the pilot’s conclusion, SCE plans to seek authority from the California Public Utilities Commission to expand the program to about 30,000 charging stations.

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Source: Southern California Edison


  • Dudley

    I wonder what the SCE ratepayers think about spending almost $15k per station for something that is used by less than 1% of the public? Sounds like the rich are benefiting by using money from the poor and middle class. The $22M worth of money could be spent helping poor (think single poverty level moms) getting a more efficient modern vehicle that uses less gas and pollutes less; getting old clunker cars off the road will do the environment good.

    • sakejunkie

      The best way to help someone overcome a financial burden is through the application of a long term, sustainable reduction of their energy expenditure. The single poverty level Mom that you mention will benefit far greater financially when she’s paying to use that EVSE rather than buying gas, oil changes, tune ups, water pumps, transmission fluid, starters, CV Joints, emissions checks, muffler repair, head gaskets… Getting ANY internal combustion engine car off the road, spanking new, or clunker will do the environment good.

      • Dudley

        I agree. Many Plug-in Hybrid models are affordable now, and would reduce the costs of energy to move the drivers about as transportation. Additionally, our environment still wins because far less ICE miles will be driven which will cause less fossil fuel to be burned.

        Instead of giving the 1% money so they can drive a Tesla, give three lower income people money to buy PHEVs so three times the benefit can be realized _right now_.

    • Wade

      It’s been proven that employees are 20 times more likely to buy an EV when there are chargers at their workplace. SCE is trying to facilitate EV adoption.

    • Michael Campbell

      I am an SCE payer and a LEAF owner. I’m very happy to support this pilot program. Funds well invested.