The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to invest almost $768 million to build up the state’s existing network of charging stations and fund additional structures in an effort to reach Governor Jerry Brown’s goal of placing five million zero-emissions vehicles on the road by 2030.
According to the Associated Press, the utilities commission has plans to fund programs across the state for the next five years with a focus on disadvantaged communities that struggle with both heavy traffic and air pollution.
CPUC Commissioner Carla J. Peterman said the hope is that the rest of the country will follow California’s lead:
“If we’re successful with this and other electrification efforts already underway, much of the nation will likely follow California’s lead, and together we will make a difference in the fight against climate change,” said CPUC Commissioner Carla J. Peterman.
The CPUC settled on a budget of about $768 million with another $29.5 million set aside for program evaluation, the AP reported, though the utilities originally requested $1 billion for the projects.
The funding includes $136 million by San Diego Gas & Electric Co. to provide rebates for as many as 60,000 customers to install home charging stations.
Pacific Gas and Electric will build 230 direct current fast-charging stations, for a total of nearly $22.5 million. And Southern California Edison will outlay $343 million for the electrification of almost 8,500 medium- and heavy-duty vehicles including work trucks and construction equipment.