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EV Charging Infrastructure Program

Our goal is to make it easier for commercial and industrial businesses like yours to transition to driving electric. As part of our commitment to clean transportation and clean air, SDG&E® is implementing a program to help you achieve this by installing the charging infrastructure needed to electrify your medium- and heavy-duty (MD/HD) fleets.

Recent advances in battery technology and increased availability of MD/HD vehicles from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have made the transition to an electric fleet a reality. SDG&E can provide charging infrastructure for both on-road and off-road vehicles, helping California meet its ambitious climate action goals.

Program Overview

SDG&E® will build the infrastructure to serve a minimum of 3,000 medium- and heavy-duty (MD/HD) on-road and off-road class 2-8 vehicles at 300 sites, enabling the shift away from gasoline, diesel or other alternative fuels to electric.  

This program provides a great opportunity for fleet owners/operators of vehicles such as:

  • MD/HD trucks and vans
  • Transit buses

  • School buses

  • Transport refrigeration units
  • Airport ground support equipment
  • Port equipment
  • Forklifts and other equipment

See if you qualify

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EV Fleet Benefits

Lower operating and maintenance costs

  •  EVs are 4x more efficient than diesel and natural gas engines, resulting in less maintenance cost,
    and savings on fueling. 
  • See the Understanding Costs section

Minimize environmental impact

  • EVs or PHEVs reduce or eliminate tailpipe emissions, and therefore have a smaller carbon footprint
    helping reach sustainability goals.

Lead by example

  • Demonstrate to your community cost-saving, efficiency, and clear air are a priority to your organization.

Early adopters’ benefit

  • Grant funding is available to encourage the switch to electric  before  mandatory regulations take effect.

Get the most accurate and up-to-date information

  • CALSTART’s Funding Finder Tool is designed to help stakeholders search and filter for Medium-and-Heavy-Duty Alternative Fuel Vehicle and infrastructure programs in the state of California. Start by filtering results by ZIP Code then filter based on the other criteria you desire. Please note that for the most accurate and up-to-date information about each program, you should visit the website and/or speak with the agency directly.

 

How It Works

Program Highlights

Installation/Ownership Options

You can choose between two options:

  • SDG&E provides no-cost installation of electric infrastructure
  • Your business installs, owns, operates and maintains the infrastructure on your site for a rebate of up to 80% of the costs.   

Rebates

Get a rebate of up to 50% of the costs to purchase charging stations for eligible customers for qualified equipment.

  • Transit districts
  • School districts
  • Located in a Community of Concern/Disadvantaged Community and not a Fortune 1000 company. 

Pricing Plans

  • SDG&E has proposed a new optional high powered EV (EV-HP) rate for separately-metered commercial EV customers that will replace demand charges with a new subscription pricing plan. If approved the proposed EV-HP rate will become available in 2021.
  • For fleets that are electrifying earlier than 2021, SDG&E offers the Interim EV Charging Rate that provides some relief from demand charges.  

Assistance

  • SDG&E will work with your business to discuss your options and walk you through the application process. 

For questions email [email protected].

Ownership Options

Option 1: SDG&E Owned: Through the MD/HD EV Charging Infrastructure Program SDG&E will construct, own and maintain all make-ready electric infrastructure from the transformer to the charging station connection point.

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SDGE-Owned

Option 2: Customer-Owned: SDG&E will construct, own and maintain all make-ready charging electric infrastructure to the customer’s meter. Customer pays for, constructs, owns and maintains make-ready infrastructure from custom meter to charger. Infrastructure incentive available up to 80% of the cost.

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Customer Owned

 

Understanding Costs

  • Vehicle Acquisition: Customer is responsible for procurement of no less than two (2) Class 2 through Class 8 electric vehicles; or retrofit a minimum of two (2) existing diesel fueled Class 2 through Class 8 fleet vehicles to electric by 2024.  Please contact SDG&E for information on available incentives, grants, and funding sources for Electric Vehicles. 
  • Charging Equipment: Customer is responsible for procurement, installation operations and maintenance of Charging Equipment for a period of 10 years. Customer may qualify for a Charging Equipment Rebate of up to 50%.  Please contact SDG&E for details and eligibility.  *Provide link here for APL file above.  *Provide Link for EVSE Rebate Calculator file above
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Make-Ready Options:
    1. SDG&E will provide no-cost design, installation, and operation of the end-to-end Make-Ready infrastructure OR 
    2. SDG&E will provide no-cost design, installation, and operation of the Utility-Side Make-Ready infrastructure only and Customer will design, install, and operate the Customer-Side Make-Ready infrastructure. 
      1. Please note: customers who choose to self-install the Customer-Side Make-Ready Infrastructure may be eligible for a rebate of up to 80% of the cost for design & construction.  Please contact SDG&E for details and eligibility.

CALSTART’s Funding Finder Tool is designed to help stakeholders search and filter for Medium-and-Heavy-Duty Alternative Fuel Vehicle and infrastructure programs in the state of California. Start by filtering results by ZIP Code then filter based on the other criteria you desire. Please note that for the most accurate and up-to-date information about each program, you should visit the website and/or speak with the agency directly.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

MD/HD EV Charging Infrastructure Program Information

As approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in Aug 2019, the MD/HD EV Charging Infrastructure program includes the following key elements:

  • A minimum of 300 make read installations fully contracted for after five years of program deployment and 3,000 additional vehicles electrified
  • A minimum of 10 percent of the infrastructure budget to serve transit and school buses
  • A maximum of 10 percent of the infrastructure budget to serve forklifts
  • A minimum of 30 percent of the infrastructure budget to serve disadvantaged communities
  • Charging station rebate levels (not to exceed 50 percent of the charger cost) for customers in beach head sectors and customers in disadvantaged communities, in consultation with SDG&E’s Program Advisory Council
  • A maximum of 10 percent of the infrastructure to be spent on program administration.
  • Beachhead sectors are a defined term for purposes of this program – applies to transit buses and school buses.
  • If an entity is in a DAC but is also a Fortune 1000 company they do NOT get the EVSE rebate.

There are two ownership structures in the MD/HD EV Charging Infrastructure program:

Option 1:

  1. Customer designs, builds, owns, operates, and maintains Behind-The-Meter (BTM) make-ready infrastructure.
  2. In this case, SDG&E will construct, own, and maintain all To-The-Meter (TTM) costs and provide a rebate for up to 80% of BTM costs.

Option 2:

SDG&E designs, builds, owns, operates, pays for, and maintains all infrastructure up to the charger.

  1. Behind the meter (BTM) infrastructure work for MD/HD EV Charging Infrastructure program includes everything from the meter up to the charger stub (excluding the charger) – BTM switchgear, any stepdown transformers (if needed), concrete pads for the equipment, trenching and installing of conduits and wires to the charger stubs.
  2. To the meter (TTM) infrastructure work for MD/HD EV Charging Infrastructure program includes everything upstream of the meter - stepdown transformers, circuit protection equipment, concrete pads for the equipment, trenching and installing of conduits and wires to the switchgear.
  3. Amount to be determined by Program Advisory Council (PAC). This also excludes the cost of the charger.

Yes, several state rebate programs are fully stackable with the MD/HD EV Charging Infrastructure program . We are closely coordinating with major grant fund sources including the California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, and Air Quality Management District to help you best co-fund your project.

You could still participate in the program, however, the land owner will be required to execute a land rights document (easement).

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) determines the vehicle class:

2 - 6,001 – 10,000 lbs

3 - 10,001 – 14,000 lbs

4 - 14,001 – 16,000 lbs

5 - 16,001 – 19,500 lbs

6 - 19,501 – 26,000 lbs

7 - 26,001 – 33,000 lbs

8 - > 33,001 lbs

No, LCSF credits will be managed by the owner of the charging stations.

Yes. The charging stations will be served on a separate and dedicated meter.

Program Participants will own the charging stations and be responsible for any usage and maintenance costs.

The Program Participant is responsible for paying for all ownership, operation and maintenance costs associated with the charging equipment, including the cost of energy consumed by the charging equipment. All charging equipment will be required to take service on a Time-Of-Use rate plan. As owners and operators of the charging stations, Program Participants have discretion to determine their own charging periods and policies, but encouraging super off-peak or off-peak charging and discouraging on-peak charging will help lower monthly energy costs. SDG&E encourages participants to work with their SDG&E Clean Transportation Customer Solutions team member for assistance selecting the best rate plan options.

Program participants are required to select their charging station vendor from SDG&E's list of approved vendors upon availablity.

Participation

The program supports on road and off road medum and heavy duty vehicles including, but not limited to:  light heavy duty trucks, medium duty trucks, heavy duty trucks, transit buses, commuter buses, school buses, airport ground support equipment (GSE)

  1. Complete an interest form to indicate your interest in participating in the program
  2. A SDG&E EV Customer Solutions team member will reach out to you to discuss program eligibility, process and timeline, and discuss next steps.
  3. Complete a program application to be considered for program participation (TBD).

As per the CPUC Decision requirement, SDG&E requires a Purchase Order for a minimum of two medium-or heavy-duty electric vehicles. However, having a bigger site would be advantageous from program cost and vehicle target perspective hence we would prefer bigger sites where possible. There is no maximum.

The term of the agreement is 10 years as the program requires all customers to operate and maintain the EVSE equipment for a period of 10 years.

The 10-year commitment is a requirement in the CPUC decision and therefore not something we are likely to be able to modify. SDG&E can provide customers with information about pro-rating their responsibility for the funding they receive in the event that they release the site or infrastructure prior to the 10-year term.

SDG&E will collect daily utilization data from the chargers in the form of 15 min intervals in additional to basic site level information. Collection of this data is a requirement set by the CPUC and will be reported to the CPUC annually.

Program participants may choose from any eligible commercial rate at time of account set up.

Project Planning

This will need to be determined before the customer signs the program contract, which formally accepts the customer into the program with detailed project scope. The project scope will be based on preliminary desktop review, site walk findings, preliminary design and project cost estimate which will reflect either the SDG&E-owned or customer-owned make-ready infrastructure approach.

When deciding where to install the EV charging stations, many factors need to be considered, some of which should include:

  • Select a location in close proximity to the electric facilities currently serving the site (this can help to lower infrastructure installation costs);
  • Determine a convenient location for vehicle parking while they will be charging (for both short and long dwell times); Consider how vehicles move through the site, and how to prevent the charging location from impeding through-traffic;
  • Consider locations where adequate parking exists to serve the number of vehicles that will be routinely charged;
  • Consider any labor restrictions that may prevent drivers from backing up vehicles, will a drive-through type configuration be required;
  • Consider vehicle charging needs beyond the initial deployment, what future growth and expansion might be taken into account;
  • Consider the type of charging equipment that will be used, the charging port to vehicle ratios, and desired parking configurations surrounding the charging stations. Will they be laid out in a radial fashion, be laid-out in rows, or other configurations;
  • Consider the configuration of charging stations themselves. Will they be overhead systems, conventional pedestal mounted; wall mounted; in-ground; etc.;
  • For DCFC installations, consider proximity of charging ports to the Power Conversion Units (PCU). These are just some of the many factors that will need to be considered. SDG&E recommends that you contact your SDG&E Account Representative to explore solutions that will work best for your site’s needs.

It is important that interested customers involve all necessary stakeholders throughout the process so fleet electrification infrastructure is planned for and executed in a timely manner. Sustainability leads, finance leads, transportation or fleet operation leads and senior executives within a customer’s organization are all key stakeholders that should weigh in on the purchase of electric vehicles and associated spend on charging infrastructure. Conversations with those decision makers early in the process would be helpful for timely implementation of key decisions as pertaining to program participation.

Vendors and Contractors

In the case that the customer elects to construct their own make-ready infrastructure for the behind-the-meter portion to the charger stub, the customer must hire a qualified state-licensed labor and the design and construction must comply with all local, state, and federal electrical standards in order to be eligible for the program's make-ready infrastructure incentive. In the case that SDG&E constructs the entire make-ready infrastructure, the work will be executed by the design and construction contractors qualified by SDG&E.

It is imperative that you choose an EVSE provider that is compatible with the vehicle you select. You must first select your vehicle and then choose your EVSE provider.

If you feel you meet the eligibility requirements, join our interest list. Once your submittal has been received and reviewed, you will be contacted by an SDG&E EV Customer Solutions Team member.

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