If you live in PG&E’s utility network, there is a program you might be interested in checking out. Greenlots provides grid-enabled EV smart charging solutions that have caught the eyes of Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), which has launched a program that will help further the adoption of electric vehicles in the region. In particular, PG&E is working with Greenlots to roll out intelligent EV charging in the areas of most latent demand — at multifamily buildings, workplaces, and universities.
PG&E EV Charge Network Partnering with Greenlots
PG&E selected Greenlots to participate in its EV Charge Network program. Greenlots will install its charging stations, as well as be in charge of operations and maintenance of the chargers. It will also provide the software and mobile app for the chargers it deploys. In total, PG&E plans to install 7,500 EV chargers at multi-unit dwellings, workplaces, and universities across Northern and Central California over the next three years.
Specifically, PG&E’s EV Charge Network program focuses on apartment buildings, condominiums, and workplaces — places where the lack of easy home charging is possibly the #1 technical barrier to faster EV adoption. All will have access to various charging equipment from a list of pre-qualified vendors.
What Greenlots Brings To The EV Charge Network Program
Such programs are important and utilities need to step up providing necessary charging infrastructure for a mass-market EV rollout. So far, we’ve seen a great lead in that market through startups and smaller companies, but we need more from the complementary utility sector — all the better if they boost leading startups.
As part of Energy Impact Partners, Brett Hauser, CEO of Greenlots, told us he felt the company is in a perfect position to help utilities leverage the new EV charging market. He believes Greenlots’ turnkey charging solutions can help further the adoption of EVs by ensuring a broad choice of OEMs, including Delta, SemaConnect, AeroVironment, and EVBox.
Greenlots’ California market footprint has been growing an average of 16% per quarter, with its network utilization growing at an average quarterly rate of 19%. Brett told us: “With over a quarter of US EV drivers located in PG&E’s service area, it is critical that we ensure charging infrastructure is both reliable and broadly accessible. By participating in this program, Greenlots continues to chart a path towards a clean, electrified transportation future.”
Greenlots feels its holistic EV charging systems align well with California Governor Jerry Brown’s 2012 Executive Order calling for 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California’s roads by 2025. The state legislature is now considering another bill to mandate that 40% of all new car sales be electric by 2040, a milestone already within reach. If those goals are going to be reached, people who don’t have single-family garages will need places to charge.
Stay tuned as we continue our talks with Brett Hauser tomorrow.