Green in Every Way: More EV choices

Charging Options for Residential Customers

Charging Level

1240V/70A charging not compatible with all makes and models.
2Based on manufacturers specifications.
3AC Level 2 charging time may be limited by the auto manufacturers onboard charger specification.

Electric vehicles can be charged at home at one of two different speeds. Level 1 is equivalent to plugging your EV into a standard wall outlet and requires no change in service. Level 2 is four times faster, but does require a special system and service upgrades in order to deliver higher voltage levels. See your car’s owner’s manual, or ask your dealer, for specifics on the type of charging equipment that will be compatible with your vehicle.

If you would like to install a level 2 charging station, please also refer to the steps outlined in the Installation Process.

Publicly Available Charging

Every day communities throughout PG&E’s service area are adding more publicly available charging stations in places like garages, shopping malls and workplaces. At these stations cars can be left for several hours to recharge while EV drivers shop, run errands, and go about their daily activities. While most of these stations are free, some require payment and/or a membership in an EV network.

The US Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center maintains a fairly comprehensive map of charging station locations in your area.

Charging Options for Non-Residential Customers

Non-residential PG&E customers interested in offering electric vehicle charging to their employees or customers, or vehicle fleets, or public charging stations, should be aware of some important considerations.

Charging capacity: Beyond Level 1 and Level 2 charging, non-residential customers can install a DC Fast Charging station that operates at rates of between 20 kW to 80 kW – enough to charge a battery to 80% capacity in 30 minutes or less. Please note that DC Fast Charging requires 480 volts and you will need to contact PG&E in advance of installation to determine if this voltage is readily available at your location.

Site planning: The number of chargers required, and the impact that will have on your energy infrastructure, depends on the number of electric vehicles you estimate will be using the facility and the desired charging rate. Consider space and installation requirements when planning a charging area. DC Fast Charging stations generate a much larger electric load that will raise the cost of your service infrastructure, while potentially reducing the amount of land required.

Thinking ahead: PG&E recommends that customers consider the future expansion of the number of charging stations since installing extra circuits and electrical capacity during initial construction will minimize total project installation costs.

Rate Options: There are currently no electric vehicle rate options available for customers interested in non-residential charging. Therefore, customers must be placed on one of the general service rate schedules. The applicable rate schedule depends on energy load. Please refer to our tariffs page for details on available general service rates.

To begin your application: please visit Customer Connections Online to submit your application.

The Choice To Drive With Clean Energy

More than half of the electricity PG&E provides comes from sources that are either renewable or emit no greenhouse gases (GHGs). That’s why by choosing to drive an EV, you are helping to reduce pollution. For more information on what PG&E is doing today and tomorrow to deliver green energy, please visit our Clean Energy page.

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