Also needed will be 47 hydrogen fueling stations.
That is according to an analysis released in late July by a group of local governments,
771,000 ZEVs Seen in County
The state’s goal is to have 8 million zero emission vehicles (or ZEVs) on the road by 2030. Study authors calculated that San Diego County’s share of those vehicles will be 771,000.
The growth estimates raise several questions for governments and the business community regarding the roles of each, the location of the new chargers, who will build out the charger network, and whether and when there will be any profit from the enterprise.
AlixPartners estimated it will cost $50 billion to build out the U.S. charging network to accommodate the expected growth of electric vehicles by 2030, according to a CNBC report published in March.
Federal funds may offset the cost. The $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework infrastructure bill, now being considered by Congress, calls for $7.5 billion to be spent on electric vehicle infrastructure.
One of the A2Z collaborative’s goals, according to its website, is to attract public and private investment to the San Diego region and to maximize the effectiveness of regional charger deployments.
Creating Jobs, Cutting Emissions
Representatives of San Diego’s electric utility say the conversion to electric vehicles will bring multiple benefits — that is, if stakeholders collaborate.
“We have a long way to go to clean up the transportation sector — the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in California and in our region and a very significant source of air pollution,” said Estela de Llanos, SDG&E’s vice president of energy procurement and sustainability. “The gaps in our fueling infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles are so large, no single entity can solve the problem on its own. Regional collaboration is critical.”
San Diego Gas & Electric, based in Kearny Mesa, is part of publicly traded Sempra (NYSE: SRE), which is based in East Village.
The A2Z collaborative also includes Sandag, the regional transportation joint powers agency (also known as the San Diego Association of Governments) as well as the city of San Diego, several other local cities, the county of San Diego and organizations including Cleantech San Diego and Grid Alternatives. The collaborative commissioned its study from Black & Veatch Management Consulting LLC, which has its headquarters in the Kansas City metro area.
Part of the study identifies barriers to widespread adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV), particularly among underserved and marginalized communities.
San Diego Gas & Electric Co.
CEO: Caroline Winn
HEADQUARTERS: Kearny Mesa
BUSINESS: Utility serving San Diego County and South Orange County
REVENUE: $824 million in 2020; $767 million in 2019
NOTABLE: Earlier in its history, the utility piped steam to customers in downtown San Diego
CONTACT: (800) 411-SDGE