PG&E Eyes Electric Car Charging Stations, Wants Customers to Foot Bill

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state's biggest utility wants to install 25,000 electric car charging stations across Northern and Central California and have customers foot the bill.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. says the $653.8 million effort is an important step toward reaching Gov. Jerry Brown's goal of having 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2025.

There are roughly 100,000 electric cars on the road in California.

Tesla Motors, BMW and Volkswagen are implementing charging stations as well.

But PG&E wants its 5.1 million electricity customers to cover the costs.

PG&E's plan requires the approval of the California Public Utilities Commission. It was submitted to the commission Monday.

If approved, residential customers could see a hike of about 70 cents on their monthly bill starting in 2018.

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