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Escondido company to help SDG&E expand vehicle charging network

TransPower, an Escondido-based company, is assisting San Diego Gas & Electric in six projects to facilitate adoption of electric semi-trucks, other electric medium/heavy-duty equipment and cars.

SDG&E received approval on January 11 from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for six projects to further expand the EV charging network. These projects will add charging stations at the Port of San Diego, San Diego International Airport, delivery fleet hubs and shuttle hubs to support electric vehicles, including semi-trucks, forklifts, and other medium/heavy-duty equipment.

Charging stations will also be built at four Park & Ride lots. These projects build upon SDG&E’s Power Your Drive program, which is ramping up to add 3,500 charging stations at multi-family communities and workplaces.

“We are aggressively moving forward to help achieve the Governor’s bold vision to have 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on our roads by 2025 to reduce pollution and stimulate the economy,” said SDG&E Chief Operating Officer Caroline Winn. “The San Diego region’s share toward meeting that goal is 150,000 zero emission vehicles. Every car, every truck, every forklift that we can help electrify will move us closer to fulfilling that ambitious clean transportation goal that benefits us all.”

Partnering with SDG&E in these projects include the San Diego Port District, port tenants such as Dole (the largest world’s largest producer and marketer of fruits and vegetables), the San Diego International Airport and its tenants, and TransPower, an Escondido-based company that has supplied electric trucks to port tenants. TransPower is located on Auto Park Way.

Below are summaries of the approved projects:

• Port Electrification:  Install 30-40 pieces of equipment to support electric semi-trucks and other medium/heavy-duty equipment at the Port of San Diego;

• Airport Electrification:  Install up to 45 charging ports to support about 90 new pieces of electric ground support equipment at San Diego International Airport;

• Fleet Delivery Trucks:  Install charging stations for about 90 fleet delivery vehicles at multiple locations;

• Electrify Local Highways:  Install charging stations at four Caltrans Park-and-Ride lots located along highways;

• Green Shuttles:  Install charging stations at five locations frequented by shuttles;

• Dealership Program:  Offer educational materials, training and incentives for dealerships involved in selling EVs.

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