By leveraging existing utility assets, the team will also be able to streamline permit procedures, such as CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) compliance, resulting in a much quicker adoption of the technology. In addition, direct attachment to utility infrastructure will put the work under the purview of SCE, simplifying customer to city coordination. This pilot program will test various innovative models to identify the most cost-effective and successful solutions, which will help determine how to scale this concept statewide.
Accessibility and equity are key drivers for this project. As California continues to strive for its climate goals through electrification, access is emerging as an important consideration. By making EV charging ports more widely available to the public, the team is helping to ensure that efforts to decarbonize benefit every community. To identify sites to deploy equitable infrastructure, Arup will build on current knowledge in the space by adapting Charge4All, the geospatial suitability software it launched in 2020. Charge4All is a data-driven tool developed in collaboration with LACI and leading energy utility companies that helps streamline the implementation of public charging ports. The tool will overlay existing social equity criteria with existing utility infrastructure availability to help the team seamlessly integrate equity and technical considerations early on in the planning and design stage.