Introduction to electric vehicles (EVs)

EV benefits

  1. Affordability: Take advantage of current Federal tax credits and State rebates. We work with local auto dealerships to offer special pricing incentives through a collaboration with Plug In America. Learn more at plugstar.com/sdge. 
  2. Performance: Enjoy a quiet, smooth and powerful driving experience. The current generation of EVs are faster and more responsive, and go further than ever on a single charge.
  3. Control: Be in charge of your energy costs with our special electric vehicle time-of-use (EV-TOU) pricing plans. You can even save while you sleep when you charge your vehicle during our Super Off-Peak hours for as little as 9¢ kW/h!
  4. Convenience: Imagine no trips to the gas station! EVs need less maintenance since most have less conventional parts like exhaust systems, radiators, and engines. Being an EV driver may also grant access to the carpool lane as a single occupant.

2019 quarterly calendar of events

Spring

 

Verano

 

Fall

  • EV Day (TBD)

EVs for business

As part of our commitment to clean transportation and clean air, we’ve submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to build charging stations for about 3,100 medium-duty/heavy-duty (MD/HD) electric vehicles (EVs) and equipment. Our goal is to make it easier for commercial and industrial businesses to switch over to zero-emission transportation. The proposed program, if approved by the CPUC, will provide charging infrastructure for both on-road vehicles and support equipment, helping California meet its ambitious climate action goals.

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Electric trucks and buses charging infrastructure fact sheet
Electric trucks and buses charging infrastructure fact sheet
Overview of SB 350 (medium/light duty vehicles program)
Overview of SB 350 (medium/light duty vehicles program)
California Air Resources Board
California Air Resources Board

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If you need to charge away from home, there are a growing number of online maps and phone apps that can help you find the charging station nearest you—more stations are being installed every day. A simple web search for “public EV charging map” can help you find locations near you.

Also, many EVs have built-in-apps to help you locate the closest charging station.

With more than 40 all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) on the market, there is an EV for everyone.

Explore Plugstar's Shopping Assistant link and see which EV is best for you   Be sure to check your local dealer's website for details on specific models that meet your driving needs. No matter what vehicle you choose, driving an EV will make a difference in your wallet and the environment.

All new EVs come with a Level 1 120-volt charging cord that plugs into any standard household outlet. If you would like to have a more powerful charger installed, speak to your auto dealer on what steps are needed to install a Level 2 charger for your home.

Charging times vary depending on how far you drive between charges, the speed of your charging equipment, and the capabilities of your EV.

For vehicles and charging units capable of shorter charging times, higher-power electrical connections may be required—similar to the electrical connection for a household air conditioner or dryer. Always use a certified electrician to install new charging equipment. As an EV driver, you can benefit by signing up for an electric vehicle time-of-use pricing plan and programming your car to charge during the cheapest times of night – like midnight to 6 a.m.  Plug in your car at any time and the vehicles programmed technology will go to work for you, saving you money.

As an EV driver, you can benefit by signing up for an electric vehicle time-of-use pricing plan and programming your car to charge during the cheapest times of night – like midnight to 6 a.m. Plug in your car at any time and the vehicles programmed technology will go to work for you, saving you money.

To get the biggest benefit from your EV Pricing plan, charge when pricing plans are lowest: Super Off-Peak (midnight to 6 a.m.).

Sign up for a pricing plan

Visit My Account and use our price calculator to determine the pricing plan with the best savings. 

We offer three EV Pricing plans:

  • EV-TOU-2 - A pricing plan for your house & EV

    The EV-TOU-2 pricing plan uses your existing household smart meter to track both your home and EV electricity usage.

    Managing your home energy use is easy on EV pricing plans: program your car to charge at night, do your laundry or run your dishwasher in the morning or at night, change your pool pump to run at night.

    Have solar?  If you have solar and owe money at the end of your year, this pricing plan will help you reduce that cost.  If you don’t owe at the end of the year, you are likely great with the pricing plan you are on.

  • EV-TOU-5 - Another pricing plan option for your house & EV

    The EV-TOU-5 pricing plan also uses your existing household smart meter to track both your home and EV electricity usage. Save money by charging your EV during the Super Off-Peak hour. This plan has a Basic Monthly Service Fee of $16.

  • EV-TOU – A pricing plan for just your EV

    The EV-TOU pricing plan requires a separate meter for your EV. This meter tracks your EV’s electricity use separately, while your house remains on the tiered pricing plan. A licensed electrician of your choices is required to install the second meter at your expense, which is why most customers prefer EV-TOU-2 that has one meter for both your house and car.

When shopping for plug-in EVs, consider how far you drive each day. In most cases, an overnight charge at home is more than enough to recharge an EV after your typical day’s drive. In fact, most San Diegans drive 30 miles or less each day, requiring only about 8 kilowatt hours of electricity. This is the amount of electricity a standard 120-volt wall outlet can provide in about 5 to 6 hours.

Special Level 2 home charging units can provide this same charge in a little over an hour. It’s important to remember that much like conventional gasoline powered cars, driving ranges will vary depending on battery size and your driving habits.

Yes — Knowing you’re driving needs will help you choose charging options that work best for you. Options include the standard 120-volt charging cord that comes with your car and plugs in to any standard household outlet or specialized 240-volt charging units installed by your electrician. Your EV dealer and manufacturer can provide you with more charging option information. They can also recommend charging equipment installers in your area. Some EVs and specialized charging units can be programmed to start and stop charging automatically at the times when electricity prices are lower.

If you live in a multi-unit residence, installing plug-in vehicle charging equipment may require approval from your homeowners’ association (HOA). Since multi-unit residence installations are often in common areas, it’s important to involve your HOA as soon as possible.

Visit SDG&E’s Marketplace and explore the selection of safety certified Level 2 home chargers. Always be sure to use a certified electrician when making electrical changes to your home.

See dozens of EVs by visiting Plugstar’s Shopping Assistant, to answer a few questions on your driving needs to find out what vehicle best works for you.