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California Launches ‘Drive the Dream’

October 21, 2015 in Electric Drive, event, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Workplace Charging and EV Acquisition Investments by a Dozen Partners

Automakers, public utilities, government agencies, and major corporations joined together with California Governor Jerry Brown on October 15 to launch the “Drive the Dream 2015” plug-in electric vehicle campaign. Brown, the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, and more than 40 California corporate leaders, public sector partners and industry leaders held a public event in Los Angeles to announce plug-in electric vehicle and workplace charging investments and commitments to the Collaborative’s goals.

Governor Brown views the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt concept car at Drive the Dream 2015 while speaking with Shad Balch, environment & energy policy and communications at General Motors. California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols is at right in Claudia Wong photo.

Governor Brown views the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt concept car at Drive the Dream 2015 while speaking with Shad Balch, environment & energy policy and communications at General Motors. California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols is at right in Claudia Wong photo.



“Workplace charging is a key component to encouraging more drivers to choose electric vehicles. The significant commitment and investment employers made today, and that we hope additional employers will make, to bring electric vehicle charging to California workplaces can help accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles,” Janea Scott, commissioner for the California Energy Commission and chairman of the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, said in a release.

‘Investments Named by Partners’

During the event, significant investments by 12 companies and government collaborative partners were named. Their objective is to expand workplace charging stations, purchase more EVs for their fleets, and increase employee incentive programs to improve California’s economy, air quality, and to reduce dependence on oil.

The Department of the Navy named the largest order with its plans to lease more than 450 EVs. The new vehicles will replace gas-powered vehicles at Navy and Marine Corps bases across California.

As previously covered, American Honda said it will be adding120 new EV chargers on its Torrance, Calif., headquarters campus. Ford has begun installing charging stations in California. The company has 145 chargers installed at 43 Ford offices and manufacturing facilities in six states and Canada, with plans to install 20 more in the near future.

Four major California electric power utilities announced their commitments for supporting the vehicles and infrastructure:

  • San Diego Gas and Electric will add more than 150 EV work vehicles to its fleet, including trouble trucks and aerial lifts. The utility announced its “Race to 500,” to encourage 500 employees to drive EVs by 2020.
  • PG&E will invest $35 million for new chargers, workplace incentives, and plans to expand its corporate EV fleet.
  • The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will purchase and lease 157 EVs (117 Volts and 40 Nissan Leaf cars). The utility will make more chargers available to its employees as workplace chargers and will also install 104 public chargers.
  • Southern California Edison will be installing an additional 50 level 1 and 2 fleet charging stations to supplement existing 340 charging stations over the next year for its fleet vehicles. The utility will also purchase an additional 36 electric fleet vehicles, which is expected be a $4.5 million investment.

Other similar announcements were made by the NRG utility company, NBCUniversal, Coca-Cola Co., and CBRE. The fleet consultant Vision Feet has set a goal with corporate and government fleets in California to deploy 2,000 EVs in the state by the end of 2016.


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Source: California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative

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