Organizations using shuttle-bus fleets to transport people to and from airports, car parks, corporate campuses, universities and more can save significantly on total cost-of-ownership by electrifying their fleets.
Learn how shuttle-bus fleets are well-suited to take advantage of PG&E's EV Fleet program, below. For more details about the EV Fleet program, visit our main program page
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Organizations that rely on shuttle bus services to transport people to and from various destinations, such as airports, car parks, corporate campuses, universities, and more, are well positioned to benefit from significant total cost of ownership savings by electrifying their fleet. Shuttle bus fleet operators are well-suited for electric vehicles (EVs) because they operate on short, fixed routes with low average speeds. In this duty cycle, EVs have an advantage over internal combustion vehicles in terms of energy and fuel efficiency, as well as maintenance costs. Furthermore, shuttle fleets can get ahead of looming regulations, such as California’s zero emission airport shuttle rule, which will require compliance by 2035.
California’s clean air regulatory agency, the Air Resources Board (CARB), adopted measures in June 2019 to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission airport transportation. Airport shuttle operators must begin adding zero-emission shuttles to their fleets in 2027 and complete the transition to zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) by the end of 2035. The regulation applies to airport shuttle operators who own, operate, or lease vehicles at any of the 13 California airports regulated under this rule.
Additional requirements include:
For more information, visit CARB’s Zero-Emission Airport Shuttle program here.
Infrastructure incentives: A shuttle bus fleet can save between $4,000 and $9,000 per electric vehicle in incentives, up to 25 vehicles. A few examples include:
Charger rebates: Rebates on charging equipment are available for shuttle bus fleets that operate in disadvantaged communities, which are areas throughout California that suffer most from a combination of economic, health, and environmental burdens. PG&E’s EV Fleet team can help determine if your fleet is eligible for these rebates. The rebate amount is determined by the EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) power output:
Fleets can select from a variety of EV charger configurations to fit their charging needs. See our approved product list, hosted by Southern California Edison – visit approved product list.
Yes, several state incentive and rebate programs can be stacked with EV Fleet. PG&E is closely coordinating with state and regional funding programs including the California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, and Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and others to help best co-fund the project.
Coming soon: use our external funding filtering tool (XLSX, 85 KB) to find more ways to save.
Following the completion of the EV Fleet program application, the EV Fleet electrification process, from design to execution, takes approximately 9 to 13 months. Learn about the step-by-step process to fleet electrification (PDF, 1 MB).
PG&E requires a Purchase Order for a minimum of two medium-or heavy-duty electric vehicles. However, having a bigger site would be advantageous from a program cost and vehicle target perspective, hence, bigger sites are preferred where possible. There is a maximum threshold for incentives of 25 vehicles per site, but sites with more vehicles may be considered on an individual basis.
Fleets with plans to purchase EVs in the future can participate as well, as PG&E will install infrastructure to support vehicles to be procured within 5 years of program contract execution. PG&E requires participants seeking infrastructure to support future electric vehicle deployments to provide a schedule of anticipated vehicle purchases and associated load increase.
PG&E will collect utilization data from the chargers daily in the form of 15-minute intervals in addition to basic site level information.
The term of the agreement is 10 years as the program requires all customers to operate and maintain the EVSE equipment for a period of 10 years. After 10 years, the program agreement would end and the contractual arrangement with the customer would convert into applicable tariff arrangement at the time.
Sustainability leads, finance leads, transportation or fleet operation leads and senior executives within the organization are all key stakeholders that should weigh in on the purchase of electric vehicles and associated spend on charging infrastructure. Conversations with those decision makers early in the process will be helpful for timely implementation of key decisions pertaining to program participation.
Each fleet needs to consider a handful of factors when deciding on the right EV charging infrastructure. For example, determining how much energy is needed, when the vehicles will be charged and how often, and how quickly the vehicles need to be charged, are all part of the equation when preparing for EVSE installation. Learn more with PG&E’s EV Guidebook (PDF, 6.9 MB), which provides fleets detailed advice on how to best select, install and maintain the right charging solution to help with fleet electrification.
A good first step is to ask the EVSE provider if they have experience charging the vehicle purchased. If not, ask the OEM and/or dealer for the charging specifications that should then be provided to the EVSE provider to ensure all requirements are met. Call an EV Fleet specialist to get more detailed advice on the right configuration.
Yes, to accommodate technology advancements and improvements over the next 10 years, the EV Fleet program allows for upgrades to the EVSE to fit the needs of newer electric vehicles. However, allowed upgrades are specific to each site.
EV Fleet customers can enroll in the Business EV Rate, which eliminates demand charges and instead uses two monthly subscription pricing models to enable more affordable charging, simplified pricing structures, and improved certainty for budgeting.
Customers choose their subscription level based on energy needs. In general, those that are projected to need 100 kW or more should choose the high use EV rate, and those that use under 100 kW should choose the low use EV rate. Customers can change subscriptions levels to suit their evolving needs. However, it’s important to keep in mind that if customers go over their subscription level, without changing it first, overage fees may apply.
Currently, businesses can offset their electricity load through solar energy generation. This equipment will need to operate on a different meter, however, they may share to-the-meter (TTM) infrastructure. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) allows businesses to install solar to support power generation up to 110% of their usage over the previous12 months.1 For fleets deploying electric vehicles and therefore expect their power usage to increase, PG&E will work with the fleet to determine the projected power needs, which can then be used to develop a solar plan. To learn more, visit PG&E’s solar energy for businesses page.
Adding energy storage for back-up charging is a great way to improve fleet resiliency. This equipment will need to operate on a different meter, however, they may share TTM infrastructure. To offset the cost of energy storage, fleets may be eligible for rebates through PG&E’s Self Generation Incentive Program.