SCE proposes $760M electric car charging expansion
Southern California Edison is pushing for a mayor expansion of their running infrastructure pilot Charge Ready. A new proposal includes 48,000 additional charging points in a 760 million dollar programme but with the utility operating alone, approval is uncertain.
The Charge Ready programme to date includes 1,000 charging stations for electric cars throughout SCE’s service area of Southern and Central California. The charge stops are part of a state-wide programme and have received funding (we reported).
Southern Califonia Edison now renewed their initial proposal and want to install a total of 48,000 charging ports through the programme. These plans need the approval of the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
According to the draft, the new installations will be focused on apartment complexes, condo buildings, workplaces, schools, hospitals, and low-income neighbourhoods. Still, the utility is not working with partners to extend those electric highways and the PUC may take issue with that as they strive for interoperability and wide reach.
If approved though, the new phase for the Charge Ready program will move the utility past their pilot program and onto a full-scale launch. SCE expects to have 1,250 new charging stations at 60 locations installed by the end of 2018.