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“Having Edison involved and handling the infrastructure side was a big relief for us,” said Roland Cordero, Director of Maintenance & Vehicle Technology. “They even helped us get permits.”
Ismael Vargas, fleet manager at Rockview Farms, saw that the program would pay for increasing the plant’s electrical capacity and allow him to lower his fueling costs by plugging in his units.
Not only did SCE assist Porterville with the planning and installation of charging infrastructure, but the utility also provided recommendations on when to charge.
UPS is actively working with SCE to deploy more EVs in SCE territory by taking advantage of the infrastructure support offered through the program and the new EV rates.
Mr. Musgrave and DHE recommend early coordination with your utility to ensure successful EV projects.
“Parents, teachers, students have all commented how nice it is to ride in such a smooth, quiet bus,” Mark Toti, Transportation Manager for Bellflower Unified School District, said.
To ensure a smooth rollout of the new buses, SCE also provided the schools with account management services and technical assistance on determining the location and placement of the charging stations as well as connecting them to the grid.
“We’re thrilled that Porterville is the first site to participate in the Charge Ready Transit Bus pilot,” said Richard Tree, manager of Porterville Transit, whose fleet of 25 buses and vans serves about 2,300 riders a day. “We’d like to convert our entire transit fleet to zero-emission vehicles as quickly as possible —hopefully by 2025 or sooner.”
“It’s Edison’s goal to be a leader in electric vehicle electrification,” said Todd Carlson, SCE principal manager in Transportation Services. “We want to lead by example.”
These online webinars take you step-by-step through the process of electrifying your fleet through the Charge Ready Transport Program.