About the Program

PROGRAM OVERVIEW


Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California. The state is now pushing for a large increase in the adoption of electric vehicles. In 2012, Governor Brown signed an Executive Order calling for 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on our roads by 2025.


In December 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a three-year program to install 7,500 Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) chargers at multi-unit dwelling and workplaces. The chargers will be installed throughout PG&E's service territory between 2018 and 2020. If you have at least ten parking spots that can be used, this program provides an opportunity to contribute to California's energy goals, while also improving your property. Learn about the program features and benefits, review supporting materials to help in your decision to participate, and find out how to prepare your application.





PROGRAM BENEFITS

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Cost savings

PG&E pays for the infrastructure to supply electricity to each EV parking space, and for a portion of the charging equipment. Use the cost calculator.

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Hands-on assistance

Proceed through the planning, installation and activation process with the help and guidance of experienced PG&E professionals.

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Employee and tenant satisfaction

Attract and retain employees or tenants by offering EV charging and promoting clean energy use at your site.

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Climate action

Support California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals by promoting the transition to low emission transportation.

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Leadership by example

Position your organization as a leader in sustainability and innovation, and advance your own sustainability goals.

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Public health

Help improve air quality for California communities by reducing tailpipe emissions.

CUSTOMER JOURNEY


The customer journey is a six-step process for program participants, from initial application to activation of the charger.


EV Charge Network Customer Journey. Step one, information and application. Potential program participant applies online at pge.com/evcharge. Step two, eligibility assessment. PG&E reviews eligibility and site information, assessing costs and technical feasibility. Step three, design. Program participant selects chargers; PG&E sends site design layout and easement for program participant’s signature. Step four, construction. PG&E builds “make-ready” infrastructure to parking space. Step five, activation. Chargers are installed, activated and inspected; PG&E conducts data integration. Step six, utilization. Chargers are maintained for 10 years.

KEY PROGRAM FEATURES


The EV Charge Network program offers these key features for all participants:

PG&E will pay for, own, maintain and coordinate construction of infrastructure from the transformer to the parking space (often 60-80% of the total project cost).

Program participants have the option to own the chargers or have PG&E own the chargers.

Program participants can choose their charging equipment from an approved vendor list.

In addition to the infrastructure, a portion of the charging equipment cost will be paid for by PG&E.

Program participants can bill drivers or offer charging for free. They also define access to the chargers, making them available to employees, fleet vehicles or the public.

Program requires a minimum of 10 EV parking spaces per site.

OWNERSHIP


Program participants choose whether they will own the chargers or have PG&E own them. Regardless of which ownership model is selected, PG&E will pay for, maintain, and coordinate all “make ready” infrastructure from the transformer to the parking space.


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Summary of ownership options

EV Charge Owner (Program participant owns chargers)EV Charge Sponsor (PG&E owns chargers)
Eligibility

All program participants are eligible.

Multi-unit dwellings (MUDs) and program participants in disadvantaged communities are eligible.*

Costs

Program participant pays for installation of EV chargers and ongoing costs; receives partial rebate.


Find out approximate costs and incentives. Use the cost calculator.

Program participant submits a one-time participation payment.


Find out approximate costs and incentives. Use the cost calculator.

Charger selection

Program participant chooses from full list of approved vendors.

Program participant chooses from limited list of approved vendors.

Key benefits

Offers more charger options and greater control of maintenance and operations.

Offers lower overall costs.

* Disadvantaged communities are defined as the top 25% of communities in PG&E's service area that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution, as defined by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s CalEnviroScreen. For more information, visit CalEnviroScreen. To find out if you're in a Disadvantaged Community, use the cost calculator.

COSTS TO PARTICIPANTS


Total costs will vary, based on ownership model (EV Charge Owner or EV Charge Sponsor), customer segment, and charging equipment selected. To find out approximate costs and incentives, use the cost calculator.

EV Charge Owner (Program participant owns chargers)EV Charge Sponsor (PG&E owns chargers)
Make-ready costs (infrastructure up to the parking space)

No cost to program participant.

No cost to program participant.

Charger installation costs ($150-$1,850 per port)

Responsibility of program participant.

No cost to program participant.

Charger costs ($1,000-$5,000 per port)

Program participant pays for hardware; receives rebate based on customer segment.

Program participant submits a one-time participation payment based on customer segment and hardware.

Annual costs (maintenance; network fees) ($200-$850 per port)

Responsibility of program participant.

No cost to program participant.

Electricity costs ($1100-$5000 per port annually)

Responsibility of program participant, but may be recovered from EV drivers.

Responsibility of program participant, but may be recovered from EV drivers.

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