The California Public Utilities Commission approved a budget for their new project to electrify commercial fleets, specifically mid-size to heavy duty trucks. The budget has been approved for $1 billion. The project is a part of California’s goal to lower greenhouse gas emissions throughout the state. Providing more EV charging infrastructure that can handle charging mid to large size trucks will help encourage more companies to consider electrifying their fleets. The program is set to begin in 2025 and end in 2029. The budget is being divided to cater to certain needs. A majority of the funds will go towards charging infrastructure for mid-size and heavy-duty trucks, other portions of the budget are being divided for light duty trucks and building charging stations for multi-family dwellings in lower income communities. The charging stations for the trucks will be installed in commonly used areas for light to heavy-duty vehicles such as truck stops, ports and at facilities that the trucks will operate out of.
Businesses of all sizes are able to electrify their fleets. Some businesses invest in electric fleets as a part of their company’s sustainability efforts and climate change goals. Implementing EV infrastructure and EV fleets can help businesses save money on gas and maintenance on vehicles. Some universities, school districts, and even municipalities are electrifying their fleets. Schools of all academic levels use EV fleets for their bus or shuttle transportation, plus maintenance vehicles. Municipalities can electrify their city transportation and other maintenance vehicles like trash trucks.
Fleets can be easily managed through partnerships with a fleet operator. The fleet operator manages the maintenance, repairs, and regulations that fleets need to comply with. They will even keep track of their daily usage and charging requirements.
Click here to read the full article, originally published November 27, 2022, by Los Angeles Times.