Southern California Edison (SCE) will convert its fleet of passenger cars and small-to-midsize SUVs to be electric powered by 2030, the electric utility announced.
Additionally, it will also convert 30% of medium-duty vehicles and pickup trucks, 8% of heavy-duty trucks and 60% of forklifts from fossil fuel to electric power, according to SCE. The utility estimates that in pursuing its 2030 fleet electrification goals, it will save more than 620,000 gallons of fuel annually and eliminate close to 6,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year.
Edison International laid out the 2030 goals for electrification of SCE’s fleet of more than 6,200 vehicles, including trailers and off-road equipment. To meet the demands of its growing electric fleet, SCE has installed more than 370 charge ports at its facilities as of 2019. The electric company expects to need about 1,300 additional charge ports to achieve its 2030 fleet electrification goals.
“Our goals for company fleet electrification will put us on the path to achieving or exceeding the percentages within SCE’s fleet that we’ve proposed for the entire state,” said Drew Murphy, senior vice president of Strategy and Corporate Development for Edison International, SCE’s parent company.
The company encourages employees to adopt electric vehicles by offering 190 workplace charge ports at 36 of its facilities and plans to install about 150 additional employee charge ports this year. SCE employees and customers also have access to discounts on certain EV models.
SCE’s ongoing initiatives to help its customers adopt EVs include:
- The installation of more than 1,800 EV chargers at more than 100 sites in its service area, including workplaces, destination centers, fleet yards and public parking. SCE is planning to expand the program to allow installation of about 50,000 more EV chargers in its service area.
- The construction on the first of as many as 870 commercial sites that will help commercial customers electrify their medium- and heavy-duty fleets, including transit and school buses, delivery trucks and tractor-trailers.
- Collaborating with other utilities in California, Oregon and Washington to develop a conceptual plan to build infrastructure on I-5 and connecting highways to charge electric delivery trucks and big rigs.