EV charging station requests on the rise

With more than 13,000 electric vehicles (EV) on our region’s roads the need for charging is increasing. While most drivers charge at home, they are increasingly looking to employers to offer charging so they can extend their electric miles for their commute.
For employers, charging stations at work can help attract and retain employees, demonstrate a company’s support for a cleaner environment, and increase fuel cost savings when changing from gasoline to electric fleets.

SDG&E helps you navigate the process of choosing and installing EV charging at your business. Employers, business owners and property owners looking to provide charging services are faced with a broad range of options. They include equipment type and location, billing costs, methods for controlling access, and providing for pay-for-use of the charging service.
SDG&E helps businesses determine the potential billing impacts of adding electric vehicle load and consumption. They also direct you to the many charging station service providers in the area.

When considering your facility’s charging policy and plan, know that:
1. Vehicles that are all-electric depend on charging, while for plug-in hybrids its optional.
2. As charging speed increases, so do equipment and utility costs.
3. Most employees can fully recharge their cars at work from a standard, 120-volt circuit.
4. The closer you locate charging equipment to existing electric service, the lower your installation costs.

For a complete list of the seven key steps to know when considering charging installation, visit http://www.sdge.com/clean-energy/business/employers-and-property-owners. For questions about charging installations at your facility email SDG&E’s Clean Transportation Team at EV@sdge.com.