Campbell, Calif.– Today, California Public Utilities Commissioner Carla Peterman issued a historic proposed decision to expand the role of investor owned utilities in the deployment of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The broad decision is a positive move for the EV market as it lifts limitations on the deployment of EV infrastructure by utilities. The Commission will now consider individual proposals from utilities on a case-by-case basis under the new guidelines that preserve competition and technology innovation in the market.
This decision comes after both San Diego Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison submitted filings to cover nearly $500 million and close to 40,000 EV charging ports in the state.
ChargePoint – the world’s largest EV charging network – actively participated in the Commission’s proceeding and strongly supports an opportunity for utilities to collaborate with the private sector and accelerate the installation of charging stations throughout the state.
“We applaud the Commission’s clear direction to expand the role of utilities while balancing the need to maintain a competitive environment to preserve innovation in the industry,” said Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint CEO. “We’re looking forward to continued collaboration with the utilities to transform transportation while promoting consumer choice and leveraging private investment.”
The Commission’s full decision can be found here.
ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with more than 19,000 charging locations and a 70%+ market share. Ranked #1 by leading independent research firm, Navigant Research, ChargePoint makes advanced hardware and best-in-class cloud based software. ChargePoint’s open network is utilized by many leading EV hardware makers and encourages all EV charging manufacturers to join.
ChargePoint’s real-time network information including the availability of charging locations throughout the nation is available through the ChargePoint mobile app, online and via the navigation systems in top-selling EVs including the new BMW i3 and the Nissan LEAF. Every 7 seconds, a driver connects to a ChargePoint station and by initiating over 6.8 million charging sessions, ChargePoint drivers have saved over 6.2 million gallons of gasoline and driven 144 million gas free miles.
For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com.