A heavy duty electric truck charging at the new SDG&E public direct current (DC) fast charger in in California.
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SDG&E; unveils California's first public DC fast chargers for heavy-duty vehicles.

SDG&E; installed four 250kW chargers at busy truck stop near the US-Mexico border. The chargers will also benefit passenger cars.

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), in collaboration with local and state officials, has announced the opening of four public direct current (DC) fast chargers at a busy truck stop just north of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. This is the first of its kind in California to cater to medium and heavy-duty vehicles. The chargers, which can also be used to charge passenger cars, were installed at Truck Net LLC, located at 8490 Avenida de la Fuente near the U.S./Mexico border.

The 250-kilowatt (kW) chargers have the capacity to provide up to 250 miles per hour of charging for a passenger car. For medium-duty box trucks, the chargers can provide a charge from 20% to 80% in about an hour and fully charge from empty to 100% in about two hours.

According to SDG&E, these new chargers will play a crucial role in supporting the adoption of medium and heavy-duty electric vehicles in the region. With the growing demand for clean energy, this move marks a significant step towards decarbonization.

The initiative is part of the state’s larger plan to achieve 100% zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicle sales by 2045. With the installation of these chargers, it will be easier for businesses and fleet owners to switch to electric vehicles, as they will have access to reliable charging infrastructure.

The charging stations have been financed by a $200,000 grant from the CEC’s Clean Transportation Program, which has been instrumental in establishing California as a leader in zero-emission transportation. The program, which is now in its 14th year, has allocated over $1 billion towards alternative fuel and vehicle technology projects, delivering significant health, environmental, and economic advantages to communities. However, funding for the program is set to phase out by the end of this year.

Reducing air pollution and tailpipe emissions are top priorities for our region and California especially in equity priority communities, and SDG&E is committed to building the infrastructure needed to enable businesses and residents to adopt electric vehicles and other clean technologies,” said SDG&E CEO Caroline Winn. “We all share the goal of building a cleaner, more sustainable, and healthier future.”

Winn was joined by several dignitaries at the event, including California Energy Commissioner (CEC) Patty Monahan; San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nora Vargas, who serves on the California Air Resources Board and the County Air Pollution Control District board, in addition to being chair of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) board.

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