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PG&E’s EV Charge Network

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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 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.


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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.

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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.


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

Step one, information and application. Site hosts apply online at Step two, initial approval. PG&E performs internal review to ensure site is eligible and meets basic standards, such as technical feasibility. Step three, preliminary design. PG&E creates preliminary design; host chooses equipment. Step four, final design. PG&E and program participant approve final design. Program participant signs easement allowing access to the PG&E-owned infrastructure. Step five, construction. PG&E manages site construction with host. Step six, activation. Chargers are energized and rebates are processed after inspection.


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.


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 owernship options

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

All program participants are eligible.

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


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

Program participant submits a one-time participation payment.

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.


Total costs will vary, based on ownership model, customer segment, and charging equipment selected.

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

Responsibility of program participant.

No cost to program participant.

Charger costs

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)

Responsibility of program participant.

No cost to program participant.

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