San Jose EVs

San Jose Clean Energy plans to spend $14 million on EV infrastructure in its territory over the next four years.

San Jose Clean Energy said Oct. 22 it will build 1,500 new electric-vehicle charging stations over the next four years in its service territory, nearly doubling its current station count.

SJCE will spend up to $14 million to install 100 new direct-current fast-charging stations and 1,400 Level 2 stations. About $10 million will be provided by the California Energy Commission.

SJCE's area currently has about 1,200 EV charging stations, 142 of which are DC fast chargers, 651 Level 2 chargers, and 411 workplace chargers. SJCE said it does not have an estimate on the number of charging stations at multifamily housing sites, which have been historically underrepresented in EV charging-infrastructure programs, according to the CEC's 2019 Clean Transportation Program plan. However, SJCE will be "focused on spurring adoption at multifamily housing sites through an incentive adder . . . as well as through targeted outreach and education."

By 2025, San Jose hopes to have about 260 DC fast-charging stations and 5,400 Level 2 stations spread across public, workplace and multifamily-housing locations. SJCE said it is continuing to develop its 2030 EV charging-station targets with San Jose's Department of Transportation.

SJCE leads the nation in public charging stations per capita, according to the community choice aggregator. However, more than 60 percent of the area's greenhouse gas emissions still come from its transportation sector.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said the city is exploring new EV rebate options, car-sharing platforms, and other tools in order "to make electric cars accessible to our least affluent families, so that everyone in San Jose can benefit from cleaner air."

"We won't win our battle against climate change by merely building a city for Teslas," Liccardo said in a written statement this week, touching upon the California Air Resources Board's action this week to eliminate rebates for Tesla's S and X models (see related story).

SJCE's EV charger funds will be available starting in spring 2020 and will be open to businesses, nonprofits and public agencies. Awardees will be responsible for installing the charging stations and SJCE will issue them rebates for a portion of the costs according to project guidelines, SJCE said. The Center for Sustainable Energy will be running the program.

SJCE's funding is part of a larger regional investment from the CEC's California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project, or CALeVIP, which plans to spend up to $60 million on new EV charging infrastructure in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, SJCE said.

CALeVIP representatives at a public workshop on Oct. 23 outlined potential 2021 incentive funding for charging-station construction projects across the state. Partial or full funding could be provided for projects in the following counties and amounts: about $90 million in Los Angeles and its surrounding counties; about $21.5 million in Alameda; about $7.5 million in Contra Costa; about $5.4 million in San Francisco; about $3.2 million in Marin; about $9.5 million in San Luis Obispo and nearby counties; about $6.2 million in Solano and Yolo; and about $4.3 million in El Dorado and Placer.

With the number of new EV charging stations coming on line, electricity demand in the state is expected to grow over the next decade, increasing from about 5,000 GWh in 2020 to about 16,000 GWh by 2030.

Staff Writer

David Krause is an energy reporter covering the California Energy Commission and Air Resources Board. He writes about transportation, climate change, utilities, and wildfires. He has an MFA in Writing, an MA in English, and a BS in Civil Engineering.