OAKLAND, Calif. – Yesterday, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced it has broken ground on the first of up to 130 new electric vehicle charging ports at 22 schools in its service area. This is a part of PG&E’s commitment to supporting California’s clean transportation and decarbonization goals.
The first installation is at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, Calif. Overall, PG&E’s EV Charge Schools pilot program aims to help fill charging gaps at these locations.
Through the EV Charge Schools pilot, PG&E will install Level 2 charging stations at school facilities and educational institutions for staff, parents, and students to charge their EVs, with access varying by location.
To help increase the adoption of electric vehicles, PG&E is investing in EV charging infrastructure and related curriculum at schools throughout its service area. The kindergarten through grade 12 curriculum will allow teachers to connect classroom learning to real-world infrastructure and help expand awareness of clean energy transportation.
“By increasing charging access at schools, we strive to make electric vehicles a viable option for more Californians. Expanding the use of clean transportation and reducing vehicle emissions is good for our state, our customers, and the environment,” said PG&E’s Aaron August, Vice President, Business Development and Customer Engagement.
As one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, PG&E is committed to leading the charge in clean transportation. With a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, five years ahead of California’s target, PG&E is working hard to prepare its grid to fuel at least 3 million EVs by 2030. This will result in a cumulative reduction of 58 million metric tons of carbon emissions – making a significant dent in our fight against climate change.
PG&E has a long history of leadership in clean transportation, with over 420,000 EVs sold in its service area to date. Increasing EV adoption is critical to meeting our climate goals and we are proud to be at the forefront of this important movement.