Electric Vehicle Charger Installation Begins at SoCalGas Facilities

Electric Vehicle Charger Installation Begins at SoCalGas Facilities

The utility plans to purchase electric pickups and install 1,500 EV chargers

We’re super charged about our new electric vehicle chargers! SoCalGas will install 1,500 electric vehicles (EV) chargers at 67 company facilities by the end of 2024. This year, we’ll begin construction to install more than 240 chargers at nine company locations. We aim to replace 50% of our over-the-road fleet with clean fuel vehicles by 2025 and operate a 100% zero-emission fleet by 2035. Currently, a third of our fleet already operates on clean fuels.

Additionally, SoCalGas plans to purchase Ford F-150 Lightning electric trucks to be serviced by the new level two chargers. A full charge provides a driving range of up to 300 miles. Since fleet charging typically occurs overnight, employees can charge their personal vehicles during the day to support a clean commute too. 

“Today’s announcement is the latest example of SoCalGas making critical investments in the infrastructure that California will need to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century,” said Sandra Hrna, vice president of supply chain and operations support at SoCalGas. “Whether they’re powered by cutting edge batteries or hydrogen fuel cells, electric vehicles will be a big part of helping SoCalGas and California reach our shared climate and air quality goals. And thanks to our use of renewable electricity, the vehicles charged at most of these locations will be powered almost exclusively by solar and wind energy.”

To help reach our goal of replacing 50% of the company’s over-the-road fleet with clean fuel vehicles by 2025, we recently purchased 50 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCEV), making SoCalGas among the first utilities in the nation to start transitioning to hydrogen-powered vehicles. And last year, SoCalGas converted 200 new Ford F-250 service pickup trucks to run on renewable natural gas. The service trucks are outfitted with the newest Landi Renzo Eco Ready™ equipment, a California Air Resource Board certified ultra-low emissions vehicles system.

“It’s no secret the transportation sector is the largest contributor of greenhouse gases in California,” said Assemblymember Miguel Santiago. “Electric vehicles will help reduce our state’s carbon footprint, and SoCalGas’ installation of EV chargers is one of many steps the utility is taking to help California decarbonize faster.”

SoCalGas is applying for Southern California Edison's (SCE) Charge Ready program, which helps with installing electrical infrastructure for EV charging stations.

“SCE is excited to help fleet owners, including fellow energy companies like SoCalGas, make the transition to zero-emission electric vehicles,” said Lisa Cagnolatti, SCE senior vice president of customer service. “All of our customers will benefit from lower greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner air.”