Regulators in California have approved the nation’s largest expansion of vehicle charging stations through a $130 million project being developed by Pacific Gas & Electric Co, strengthening the tie between the utility and automotive industries. The five-member California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously in favor of the project, which will deploy 7,500 vehicle-charging stations throughout northern California, with locations at businesses as well as multi-unit dwellings and in disadvantaged communities. The PUC approved similar projects in 2016 for Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric. In total, the three shareholder-owned utilities are set to bring 12,500 vehicle charging stations online, the nation’s largest deployment of the units. California Gov. Jerry Brown has set a target of putting 1.5 million clean energy cars on the road by 2025.

– via the Los Angeles Times / Ivan Penn


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