Calif.-based Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced it will begin developing four new pilot projects aimed at helping fleet and residential customers simplify electric vehicle (EV) charging. PG&E’s projects aim to support widespread EV adoption, with a focus on medium- to heavy-duty vehicles since these vehicles typically run on diesel.

For these programs, PG&E plans to partner with a local transit agency to demonstrate how battery storage and smart charging can lower operating costs; test new incentive structures to target EV charging for school buses during high renewable generation, such as during the day when there is excess solar energy; evaluate economic viability for technologies that help customers with heavy-duty fleets eliminate engine idling to power auxiliary vehicle loads; and develop online resources to help simplify home charger purchasing and installation for residential customers.

The four projects were approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) earlier this month.

Originally posted on Work Truck Online