Major Investments in Infrastructure to Charge Electric Trucks and Buses Coming to San Diego Region

The California Public Utilities Commission approved a new electric vehicle program for San Diego Gas & Electric Company, solidifying California’s leadership in electrifying the freight and transit sectors. Today, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a new program that will allow San Diego Gas & Electric Company to invest $107.4 million in infrastructure and charging equipment for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles. To prioritize investments in the communities that need them most, the utility must reserve 30% of its infrastructure budget for disadvantaged communities. SDG&E’s support will help fleet owners overcome the up-front costs of charging infrastructure, and help customers navigate the construction that can be required to install chargers. Overall, the program aims to build out the infrastructure to support over 6,000 medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles. These investments can’t come fast enough to the residents of the San Diego area, especially those living in the shadow of the freight industry. In testimony on behalf of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, Professor Ed Avol explained that heavy-duty diesel trucks that move cargo through and around the region are major sources of air pollution in San Diego County. Adjacent to […]

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