Electric car charging specialist Greenlots is to take part in Californian utility PG&E’s EV Charge Network as a services provider.
Electric vehicles (EV) sales are rising fast – but in order to make the leap, would-be owners need to feel confident that they will be able to reach a charging station whenever they need to power up their car.
In California, EV charging specialist Greenlots has announced plans to participate in the new EV Charge Network program from Californian utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), providing installation and management of EV chargers, site recruitment, and delivery of software solutions.
With its programme, PG&E has committed to installing 7,500 chargers at workplaces in Northern and Central California over a three-year period.
Greenlots executives, meanwhile, say they are working to “empower utilities”, so that they can meet the demands of this major market shift in a sustainable way.
Putting customers first
Greenlots plans to fit businesses, apartment buildings, condominiums and universities with its charging equipment. The company will be just one of a list of pre-vetted vendors, tested for quality and safety standards, from which customer sites can choose.
Participating organisations can call on Greenlots to deliver turnkey charging solutions. And to give them broad choice, the company will partner with Delta, SemaConnect, AeroVironment and EVBox.
Greenlots executives said that its announcement comes at a time when its “network size and charger utilisation rate continue to grow rapidly”, particularly in California. On average, they claim, Greenlot’s charging-station footprint in California is growing at a rate of around 16 percent per quarter and its network utilisation rate at 19 percent per quarter.
Electronic vehicle charging programmes have been a huge success in California since, in 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order demanding 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the roads by 2025.
Brett Hauser, CEO of Greenlots, said: “With over a quarter of US EV drivers located in PG&E’s service area, it is critical that we ensure charging infrastructure is both reliable and broadly accessible. By participating in this program, Greenlots continues to chart a path towards a clean, electrified transportation future.”