San Joaquin RTD picked for new PG&E electric vehicle pilot program
Central Valley Business Times
June 23, 2018
In a first for San Joaquin Regional Transit District and Stockton, Pacific Gas and Electric Company says it will conduct an electric vehicle pilot program to support RTD’s long-term electric transportation needs with chargers and infrastructure improvements.
Recently approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, this pilot will be a test case for PG&E’s new “FleetReady” program, which supports electric charging for customers with medium-duty, heavy-duty, and off-road fleets such as transit agencies, school districts, and delivery fleets.
For this new pilot with San Joaquin RTD, PG&E will test how smart charging and battery storage can lower operating costs and maximize efficiencies for the agency.
Seeking to partner with a transit agency located in a disadvantaged community which already had electric buses and plans for more in the future in order to meet the timelines of the project proposal, PG&E chose RTD.
“Because we already had a plan for adding more electric buses to our fleet and have a long-term goal around electrification, PG&E approached us with this pilot opportunity,” says CEO Donna DeMartino. “Due to our focus on electric transportation, PG&E can jump right into creating the specifics of the pilot, which aligns with our goal of being powered by 100 percent electric vehicles by 2025.”
The budget for this pilot is $3.35 million, which includes:
- Design of the sites
- Cost of the chargers and battery storage system
- Construction from the electric grid to the chargers and battery system
- Installation of the chargers and battery storage system
- Software for charge management
- Collection of data
- Ongoing analysis and evaluation
- Handbook that other transit agencies can use to learn more about electrification