Power Your Drive EV Drivers
Congratulations! Your employer, apartment community or condo association is participating in SDG&E’s Power Your Drive program, which provides charging stations for your electric car. The program’s special electricity rate allows you to take advantage of renewable energy. It's like your EV is driving on sunshine.
These Level 2 charging stations are just for your use, and not open to the public. Let’s get you charging!
You will receive an email from your employer, apartment manager or condo home owner’s association with your private Site ID. You’ll need this to sign up for an SDG&E Power Your Drive account.
New customers will need to have a social security number. If you don't have a social security number, please visit one of our Branch Offices with two forms of approved photo ID and we'll help you sign up for you Power Your Drive account.
Some Power Your Drive drivers may not be paying for their charging on their SDG&E bill. In that case, get your Site ID from your employer, apartment community or condo association and contact your charging station provider.
Please choose one of the following to sign up:
Top 5 ways to create a thriving EV community
- Form an EV Club: Create a group where current EV drivers can share the latest EV news and learn from one another about their experiences. Open the group to drivers considering going electric so they have a place to get answers to basic EV questions.
- Develop best practices: New charging stations means EV adoption at your location will grow…and that’s great! Develop best practices to ensure a pleasant charging experience for all.
- Communicate: Create a way to easily communicate to your EV Club – whether through monthly emails, events or via an online community.
- Partner with EV dealerships: Reach out to your local EV dealerships and invite them to show off their newest EV models and offer test drives.
- Promote, promote, promote: Let the world known about all the great EV efforts you have in place at your business, apartment community or condo association.
- Power Your Drive: Know someone living in an apartment or condo who needs charging? Send them here.
- SDG&E’s EV Guide: Find the EV that best fits your lifestyle.
- Electric Vehicle Climate Credit: Sign up each year to get an SDG&E bill credit for driving an EV.
- EV Rate for Single Family Homes: This rate is different than the Power Your Drive rate, but can still save you money.
- For charging questions? Contact the charging vendor via the phone number on the charging station or via your app.
- For billing questions? Email SDG&E’s Customer Service Center.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I sign up with SDG&E or the charging station vendor first?
You need to sign up with SDG&E first for a Power Your Drive account. Once finished, you’ll receive an email from the charging station vendor to sign up with them.
What if I’m already an existing customer of the charging station vendor?
That’s great! You’ll still need to sign up with SDG&E first, then the vendor will email instructions to link your Power Your Drive account with them.
From the time I sign up, when can I start charging?
By signing up with SDG&E first, then via the email you receive from your charging vendor, you could be charging within 30 minutes. In many cases, the location requires their own approvals to allow you to charge and will have communicated this to you in your email from them.
How much does it cost to charge?
Power Your Drive offers an hourly rate that incentivizes drivers to charge during grid-friendly times, by providing them a cheaper rate at those times.
During mild weather days, prices could start around 13 cents per kilowatt-hour and can go up to 25 cents per kilowatt hour. During very hot days of the year where the grid is heavily constrained due to high usage, the prices could start low and go over 50 center per kilowatt-hour.
Power Your Drive charging stations are meant to do this…to incentivize drivers through price to avoid hours where the grid is constrained and at peak.
Can I manage my charging costs?
Yes, your charging station vendor’s app will help you do just this by putting a maximum price you want to pay. The charging station will stop charging when the hourly price exceeds your max price. OK with paying more to get a charge? Just increase your hourly price.
What is an hourly rate and where do you get these prices?
An hourly rate charges you electricity by the kilowatt-hour. The hourly prices are sent the day before by the California Independent Systems Operator that helps manage California’s electric grid from a statewide level.
How does the Power Your Drive hourly rate take advantage of renewable energy?
Power Your Drive is the first time we can offer an hourly rate to EV drivers. This means that in the middle of a winter day, when not a lot of electricity is in use – but solar and wind are producing a lot of energy – we can offer a low hourly rate during this time.
I heard there are other Power Your Drive charging stations, can I use them too?
No, you are only approved to use the charging stations your employer, apartment community or condo association emailed you about.
My work has Power Your Drive chargers, but my single-family home has an EV time-of-use rate. What’s the difference?
SDG&E has had EV time-of-use rates available for single family homes for more than five years. With these rates the day is divided by on-peak (noon to 6 p.m.), super off-peak (midnight to 5 a.m.) and off-peak (all other times). Each has a different price.
For the Power Your Drive rate, the price changes hourly. Often it is below SDG&E’s EV time-of-use rates, and during hot days when the grid is constrained it can be above those rates.
Furthermore, SDG&E wanted to offer lower charging rates to EV drivers at businesses, apartments and condos, and the current EV time-of-use rates were not available to them.
Who do I call for questions?
For questions about charging or your usage, call your charging stations vendor. For questions about your bill call SDG&E.