Does your employer, apartment or condo association offer electric vehicle charging through Power Your Drive?
If you drive electric and have access to this program, there are many great reasons to enroll now in Power Your Drive. You can conveniently charge your car while at work or at home while you're sleeping when electricity prices are the lowest. You can charge your vehicle anytime and not worry about having enough "charge" to get to where you need to be. By enrolling in Power Your Drive, you also get special electricity pricing during low-demand times.
Power Your Drive provides low-cost EV charging stations
We’re on a mission to help everyone in San Diego make the switch to electric vehicles (EVs). One of our completed projects is Power Your Drive which makes EV charging more accessible to apartment and condo dwellers, and workplace employees. Power Your Drive is fully subscribed at this time and we are installing 3,000 charging stations now. Here's a little bit about what we did and what the program is all about.
Condominium associations, apartment owners and employers benefited
Power Your Drive charging stations are operated and maintained by SDG&E, so there are no operational or service costs. Participants receive personalized support, there's no impact to facility electric panels, and it's a great way to demonstrate a commitment to clean air. SDG&E bills customers directly which makes it convenient for property and building managers. Some sites located in a disadvantaged community were eligible for EV chargers at no out-of-pocket costs.
How participants qualified
To qualify, apartment/condo buildings needed at least 5 parking spaces while workplaces had to dedicate at least ten spaces. A License Agreement for the charging facilities was signed along with a one-time participation payment (if applicable). In turn, management promoted electric vehicles and these private chargers that can only be used by tenants.
Multifamily building residents and employees benefit too
Besides helping promote energy conservation, the installation of high-quality charging stations provided a great perk for tenants.
Program benefits included:
- Mantenimiento y servicio integral
- Asistencia total y personalizada
- Usage is limited to building owners, management and their tenants; charging stations were not intended for the public
- It provided a great way for building management to demonstrate their commitment to clean air
Overview of electrification projects
Why we’re involved in transportation electrification
- We have a well-established track record in utility infrastructure development, management, and operations
- We’re already a key partner in local, regional, and state efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Transportation accounts for about 50% of the greenhouse gas emissions in San Diego County, compared to 39% statewide. In the City of San Diego, transportation makes up 55% of the greenhouse gas emissions.
Below is a list of projects that are planned in our service area.
Port and airport electrification
30–40 installations will support electric medium-duty/heavy-duty vehicles and forklifts within the Port of San Diego’s waterfront properties.
Fleet delivery trucks
Charging stations will be installed for approximately 90 fleet delivery vehicles at multiple locations.
Highways (Park-n-Ride lots)
Various charging stations, including DC fast chargers — the fastest chargers available — will be installed at four public Caltrans Park-and-Ride lots located along highways.
We’re installing charging stations at five locations to support shuttles running on fixed routes.
We provide car dealerships with educational programs and financial incentives to help advance and grow the sales of EVs in the region.
Other planned clean transportation projects
Renewable natural gas fueling stations: six compressed natural gas stations power our compressed natural gas vehicles and fleets of public buses, trash trucks, taxis, etc. are coming soon