The Medium/Heavy-Duty (MD/HD) EV Charging Infrastructure Program
As part of our commitment to clean transportation and clean air, SDG&E® is implementing a program to help you install the charging infrastructure needed to electrify your medium- and heavy-duty fleets. Our goal is to make it easier for commercial and industrial businesses to transition to electric.
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.
SDG&E® will build the infrastructure to serve a minimum of 3,000 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 industrial vehicles, including:
- MD/HD trucks and vans
- Transit buses
- School buses
- Transport refrigeration units
- Airport ground support equipment
- Port equipment
- Forklifts and other equipment
* Participants must convert a minimum of two vehicles to qualify for participation.
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.
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.
- SDG&E has proposed a high-powered EV (EV-HP) rate that will replace demand charges with a new optional subscription pricing plan for commercial MD/HD customers and DC fast charging. If approved, the proposed EV-HP rate will become available in early 2021.
- For fleets that are electrifying earlier than 2021, SDG&E has proposed an interim EV charging rate that provides some relief from demand charges. Approval on this interim EV charging rate is expected in the Spring of 2020.
- SDG&E will work with your business to discuss your options and walk you through the application process.
For questions email [email protected].
EV Fleet Benefits
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:
- Customer designs, builds, owns, operates, and maintains Behind-The-Meter (BTM) make-ready infrastructure.
- 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.
SDG&E designs, builds, owns, operates, pays for, and maintains all infrastructure up to the charger.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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)
- Complete an interest form to indicate your interest in participating in the program
- A SDG&E EV Customer Solutions team member will reach out to you to discuss program eligibility, process and timeline, and discuss next steps.
- 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.
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.