In California, utilities will spend $768 million on electric car infrastructure
Saturday June 2, 2018. 01:15 PM , from Ars Technica
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On Thursday, California regulators approved three plans from the state's three largest utilities, which will together result in nearly $768 million in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure spending. As a whole, the plan is the largest coordinated effort for state-level EV infrastructure spending thus far.
The California Public Utility Commission (PUC) was directed to smooth the path for infrastructure plans from the three utilities—Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), and Southern California Edison (SCE)—by a 2015 law.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, PG&E will spend more than $22 million on installing 230 direct current fast-charging stations in the state. PG&E and SCE together will spend $236.3 million and $342.6 million, respectively, 'on infrastructure and rebates to support electric trucks, buses, and other medium or heavy-duty vehicles,' including 1,500 charging stations for those vehicles.
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