In California and throughout the United States, fleets are moving towards zero-emission technology to reduce emissions, improve efficiency, and seek the operational benefits of a zero-emission fleet. Though technology has advanced, and fleets are realizing the business case of zero-emission vehicles, infrastructure remains the biggest barrier to technology adoption. Infrastructure challenges such as deployment lead time, costly upgrades, space constraints, and demand charges are impacting the ability to effectively own and operate a zero-emission fleet. When going towards zero-emission technologies, infrastructure planning must come first!
Below are some tips for fleets to prepare for electric vehicle adoption.
Contact your utility as soon as possible; extensions can take 2 years
Optimize your upfront cost: ratio of electricity used/power brought
Optimize your $/kWh rate: based on load profile & demand charge
Confirm any permitting that may be required; contractor can advise
Plan for expansion of fleet, not just the current required capacity
Three infrastructure planning tools have been created to serve as a guide for successful electric infrastructure deployment. Download these free resources to help you on your path to deploy clean vehicles into your operations.
- Truck Infrastructure Planning Tool
- School Bus Infrastructure Planning Tool
- Transit Bus Infrastructure Planning Tool
Stay tuned as we are continuing to develop other planning tools for other vehicle types and technologies.
HVIP Infrastructure Incentives can no longer be requested effective October 25, 2019 even if you have an approved vehicle voucher.
If you have already requested the infrastructure enhancement, please see below for directions on how to redeem your infrastructure incentive.
Effective October 25, 2019, EVSE voucher enhancements can no longer be requested even if the purchaser has an approved vehicle voucher.
To support adoption of electric vehicles by reducing infrastructure costs, an EVSE voucher enhancement of up to $30,000 per vehicle voucher was available. Vouchers were approved on a case-by-case basis.
- The EVSE Voucher Enhancement can be applied to hardware costs, load management software for smart charging, and energy storage
- The voucher enhancement does not cover labor or utility upgrade costs
- This voucher enhancement can be combined with any other funding source, not to exceed 100% of total capital cost.
- The voucher enhancement is available for accompanying vehicle vouchers requested on or after December 15, 2017, for which associated infrastructure has not yet been purchased.
- In the case of multiple vehicle voucher requests at the same location — that is owned / controlled by the fleet — associated EVSE voucher enhancements could be combined to cover an overall EVSE equipment budget.
- After submitting your request, you will be asked to supply 1) copy of purchase invoice and 2) list of other sources of public funding, to ensure HVIP is not co-funding beyond the real costs of the qualifying EVSE, load management software, and energy storage.
How to Redeem:
- To redeem an EVSE Infrastructure voucher, prepare the EVSE Enhancement Redemption Form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- EVSE Infrastructure vouchers should have been requested after the corresponding vehicle voucher requests have been submitted and before the EVSE Infrastructure has been ordered.
- Final incurred cost are reimbursed when the installation is complete.
Effective October 25, 2019, H2 voucher enhancements can no longer be requested.
To support the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by reducing infrastructure costs, a voucher enhancement for H2 infrastructure of up to $100,000 per vehicle voucher was available. Vouchers were approved on a case-by-case basis.
- The incentive covers only the real costs of equipment.
- Applicants must have at least 5 vehicle vouchers.
- Infrastructure cost can’t be already covered by another funding source.
- Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis.
- The enhancement is available for HVIP vehicle vouchers requested on or after December 15, 2017, for which accompany infrastructure has not already been purchased.
To redeem a H2 Infrastructure voucher, please email (email@example.com). Either the customer or the dealer can redeem the voucher and be reimbursed.
Infrastructure vouchers can be redeemed before the vehicle is delivered and the vehicle voucher is redeemed.
If you do not know who your utility provider is, expand this section to find out.
Several utility providers provide incentives to help deploy clean vehicles.
- To find your geographically relevant electric utility, click here.
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) provides an EV Fleet Program offering incentives to customers in its territory, which can be combined with HVIP incentives. Expand this section to learn more.
Southern California Edison is preparing to launch its Charge Ready Transport Program to help customers deploy the charging infrastructure needed to electrify medium- and heavy-duty fleets. Expand this section to learn more.
- Visit Southern California Edison’s Charge Ready Transport website here!
- Stay tuned for more information about our collaboration
To assist organizations make the transition to EVs, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has launched Power Your Drive for Fleets, an EV infrastructure program for medium- and heavy-duty, on- and off-road vehicles and fleets.
- The program offers no-cost electrical infrastructure design and construction services and EV charger rebates for eligible equipment and qualified customers.
- The goal of this program is to install charging infrastructure in at least 300 customer sites and to deploy a minimum of 3,000 electric vehicles in the San Diego region within the next five years.
- For more information click here