130 electric vehicle charging for schools in California, + EV program!

We are entering a new era and California is leading the way – as it has been for years decades. Everyone knows that the automotive market is becoming electrified and that electric school buses are slowly making their way into school bus fleets. The utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in California is now helping to electrify transportation in schools in several ways.

EV chargers

First, the “EV Charge Schools” program involves installing between 88 and 132 EV chargers in 22 schools, and the first charger has just been installed. The chargers are not fast chargers, but rather “level 2 charging stations in schools and educational institutions allowing staff, parents and students to charge their electric vehicles, with access varying according to location. ‘location”.

Chargers can be installed in lower or higher education institutions. Of these, 40% are expected to go to disadvantaged communities. However, the first facility to go up with the launch of the program is located at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, California.

“PG&E will help fund the costs of purchasing and installing electric vehicle charging equipment and networking fees at these schools, as well as ongoing maintenance and operations.”

Overall, the program lasts 2 years and has funding of $5.76 million. “Customers who choose to own the EVSE will be able to select any equipment from prequalified vendors on PG&E’s RFQ. For customers who choose PG&E ownership, PG&E will offer the customer the choice between two providers, ChargePoint or EVBox.” So clearly that’s also a big boost for ChargePoint and EVBox.

EV program

This is the material side. There is also an education component. The pilot program also includes an electric vehicle curriculum, helping children learn about topics related to electric vehicles. “PG&E will also develop an electric vehicle and sustainability curriculum for all schools in its service area, as well as teacher training options. The K-12 program will allow teachers to connect classroom learning to real-world infrastructure and help raise awareness of clean energy transportation.

California Transportation Cleanup

Before the dirty EV myths creep into the discussion, let’s note that the PG&E grid is pretty clean, and more EVs mean big cuts in emissions. “The electricity that powers electric vehicles in California comes from one of the cleanest energy mixes in the country. PG&E estimates that 93% of its customers’ electricity in 2021 came from greenhouse gas-free resources.

In general, this topic has been covered for years. Electric vehicles purify the air and help keep the climate cooler. More recently, we wrote this article on the topic: “Electric Vehicle Lifecycle Emissions and CO2: Demystifying the TED Talk Video.”

PG&E EV Programs

PG&E was keen to highlight with this news that it has a number of electric vehicle programs to help accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. PG&E writes:

  • As part of its first electric vehicle charging infrastructure program, EV charging networkPG&E has installed 4,827 Level 2 electric vehicle charging ports at customer sites in northern and central California.
  • Fleet of electric vehicles Program: Aims to install or reimburse ready-to-use electric infrastructure to support the adoption of 6,500 medium and heavy-duty electric vehicles.
  • Fast electric vehicle charging Program for public fast charging stations: Complements publicly and privately funded initiatives by installing direct current (DC) fast charging in road corridors and urban sites. PG&E has seen strong demand for the program, receiving five times more applications for available funding.
  • EV charging parks: Will provide charging infrastructure at California State parks and beaches in support of California’s electrification goals.
  • Special rates, discounts and tools: PG&E offers electric rate plans tailored to EV drivers and provides tools such as PG&E’s Electric Vehicle Savings Calculator and Fleet Calculator (ev.pge.com and Fleets.pge.com) to help customers understand the costs when deciding to drive an electric vehicle. For more information, visit pge.com/ev.



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