PG&E will also develop an electric vehicle and sustainability curriculum for all schools.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that it has opened the first of 130 new electric vehicle (EV) charging ports at 22 schools in its service area.
The first installation takes place at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, California. Overall, PG&E’s EV Charge Schools pilot program is intended to help fill charging gaps at these locations and support California’s clean transportation and decarbonization goals.
As part of the EV Charge Schools pilot project, PG&E will install Level 2 charging stations at schools and educational facilities for staff, parents and students to charge their electric vehicles, with access varying by the place. PG&E will help fund the costs of purchasing and installing electric vehicle charging equipment and networking fees at these schools, as well as ongoing maintenance and operations. With up to 40% of new chargers located in disadvantaged communities, the pilot will help bring electric vehicle charging options to customers who may not have had them before.
PG&E will also develop an EV and sustainability curriculum for all schools in its service area, as well as teacher training options. The K-12 program will allow teachers to connect classroom learning to real-world infrastructure and help raise awareness of clean energy transportation.
“By increasing access to charging in schools, we are working to make electric vehicles a viable option for more Californians. Expanding the use of clean transportation and reducing vehicle emissions is good for our state, our customers and the environment,” said Aaron August, vice president of business development and customer engagement at PG&E.