Pacific Gas launches EV charging in California

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) says the first public, electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers installed through its EV Fast Charge programme are now open in West Sacramento.

Drivers can charge their vehicles at the four new 125kW-capable EV fast chargers at the 7-Eleven store.

The 7-Eleven store operates 24 hours a day and supports fuelling needs of EVs and conventional cars, both options owned and operated by 7-Eleven. PG&E is also working with 7-Eleven to install fast chargers at additional locations.

“With more electric vehicles on the road, installing the fast charging stations was an obvious way to offer convenient charging to customers who need it while also taking strides to reduce our impact on the environment,” said 7-Eleven director of Energy Engineering & Store Planning, Ann Scott.

“We look forward to adding more EV charging stations to more 7-Eleven stores over the next few years.”

PG&E’s EV Fast Charge programme complements State and privately-funded fast charge deployments to help improve long-distance travel for EV drivers.

EV adoption is necessary for California’s clean air future as transportation is the single largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions in California, contributing 41%. The State aims to have 5m zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030 as well as 250,000 charging stations, including 10,000 fast chargers.

Additionally, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order in September 2020, which will prohibit the sale of new gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles after 2035.

“Expanding the use of electric vehicles is essential for California to achieve its bold climate and clean-air goals,” added PG&E SVP and chief customer officer, Laurie Giammona.

“Working with customers such as 7-Eleven, PG&E has been an active partner in helping make EVs an option for millions of Californians, including by increasing EV charging options across our service area.”

EV drivers looking for fast charging can locate the West Sacramento 7-Eleven chargers on websites including PlugShare as well as through PG&E’s EV Savings Calculator.

Additionally, on PG&E’s tool, customers who are considering purchasing or leasing an EV can compare cars and evaluate total cost of ownership of an EV compared to gasoline-powered cars.

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