What Role Do Utilities Play in EV Adoption?

Hear how San Diego Gas & Electric promotes EVs in this week’s Convenience Matters podcast.

May 27, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—On this week’s episode of Convenience Matters, “Utilities and Transportation Sector Work to Lower GHGs,” NACS hosts John Eichberger, executive director for the Fuels Institute, and Donovan Woods, director of operations for the Fuels Institute, talk about how utilities play an important role in supporting the transportation sector’s need to improve air pollution with Brittany Syz, director of clean transportation for San Diego Gas & Electric.

“In California alone, emissions from transportation contribute 40% of the greenhouse gas makeup, and it’s even more so in San Diego. At the utility, we are focused on how we can reduce those emissions and improve transportation,” Syz said. “We run a bunch of different infrastructure programs to help provide that electric vehicle charging infrastructure that’s needed to help accelerate EV adoption.”

For example, in 2019, San Diego Gas & Electric installed 3,000 chargers for multi-dwelling buildings (condos and apartments) and workplaces under its Power Your Drive program. The utility is also rolling out a program for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in which it would electrify at least 3,000 of those vehicles.

“We think charging for the public is going to be critical to help accelerate EV adoption,” Syz said. “Charging in convenience centers, charging when people go to the grocery store—we don’t yet have a program that allows us to install in those places, but my group is talking about that every day, and it will absolutely be a component of our next filing. We know that while the majority of people will probably fuel at home and potentially at work, you still need to have that public charging network to get this industry off the ground.”

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