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A Ford Mustang Mach-E GT all-electric vehicle shown at a 2021 motor show in Munich.
A Ford Mustang Mach-E GT all-electric vehicle shown at a 2021 motor show in Munich.
A Ford Mustang Mach-E GT all-electric vehicle shown at a 2021 motor show in Munich.
A Ford Mustang Mach-E GT all-electric vehicle shown at a 2021 motor show in Munich.
A Ford Mustang Mach-E GT all-electric vehicle shown at a 2021 motor show in Munich.

SMUD Launches EV Charging Pilot with Ford, BMW, GM

Aug. 22, 2022
BMW, Ford and General Motors collaborate to help customers save on utility costs, keep energy grid balanced.

The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District established a new electric vehicle program with BMW of North America, Ford and General Motors. The effort is called the Managed Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot, and it is intended to help customers switch more easily to using an electric vehicle.

According to SMUD, the pilot will help EV customers align their charging needs to the time of day when it is most affordable, which can also help keep the region’s energy grid stay in balance. From a utility’s perspective, it is important to encourage EV users to charge their vehicles at times of day when the electricity supply is not constrained.

Building on earlier EV incentives, SMUD is working with the three automakers to test how it can help Sacramento-area customers charge their electric vehicles at times of day that promote optimal energy load management. The pilot program supports SMUD’s goal to eliminate carbon emissions from the power supply by 2030 and accelerates the use of renewable energy for more sustainable communities.

Customers received communication from SMUD about the Managed EV Charging Pilot and its potential financial, sustainability and grid-supporting benefits. As part of the agreement, SMUD and participating automakers will allow for secure remote home charging management by conveniently integrating on-board communications and smart phone apps.

Automakers will create customized charge requests for EV owners to provide an ideal charging schedule which can help ensure that a customer’s vehicle is ready when they need it and is charging at optimal times. Customers with EVs from participating automakers will receive incentives for enrolling, and quarterly incentives for participating in the pilot program.

The pilot program is one of several initiatives that SMUD is working on as part of its sustainability vision to support Sacramento’s goal of getting 75,000 zero emission vehicles on the road by 2025.

Customers interested in learning more about SMUD’s pilot program can visit smud.org/DriveElectric or contact their local BMW, Ford or General Motors customer service channels.

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