Driving a Clean Energy Future PG&E Celebrates National Drive Electric Week, Accelerating EV Adoption and Grid Readiness
In recognition of National Drive Electric Week (Sept. 23 - Oct. 2, 2022), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is encouraging customers to drive electric, promoting electric vehicle (EV) programs and resources available to customers, and sharing its progress to prepare the grid for widespread EV adoption in support of California’s clean air and climate goals.
Currently, one in six electric vehicles in the nation plugs into PG&E’s grid, or about 330,000 EVs. As part of the 2030 targets outlined in PG&E’s Climate Strategy Report released earlier this year, the company is preparing the grid to quickly and safely power at least 3 million EVs—or about 12,000 GWh of EV-related electric load. PG&E is also working to enable 2 million of those EVs to participate in vehicle-grid integration applications, allowing EVs to be a cornerstone of both reliability and climate resilience.
“We take great pride in the role PG&E is playing to lead the way on clean transportation. The orchestration of EVs is the key to an affordable, reliable and resilient energy future for Californians. We are proactively investing to prepare the grid for this future, and we’re supporting customers at every step of the EV ownership journey by increasing access to charging infrastructure and offering rate options, rebates, tools and education,” said Aaron August, PG&E Vice President, Utility Partnerships & Innovation.
How PG&E is Supporting California’s EV Future
To unleash the full potential of EVs for customers, PG&E is accelerating equitable EV adoption by:
- Continued prioritization of grid readiness and proactively building grid capacity to accommodate new EV demand through a multiyear grid investment plan.
- Rapidly accelerating EV-enabling technology by partnering to explore and scale low-cost grid and infrastructure solutions, vehicle-grid integration technology, second-life battery programs, autonomous EVs, and other technologies.
- Partnering with innovators across the entire EV value chain to build the large-scale electric infrastructure needed to incorporate EV charging systems into the grid and enable customers to use their EVs to power their homes and communities.
PG&E is also deploying cost-efficient, targeted customer programs to accelerate equitable EV adoption with the aim to: