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Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments issues RFP for public networked EV charging stations

The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) in California has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for Public Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure and installation for local jurisdictions within the Monterey Bay Area. Transportation in the Monterey Bay Area is dominated by use of the personal automobile, AMBAG said, noting that a large mode shift to biking or transit, is not expected to occur even as gas prices increase.

Therefore, in order to both improve the region’s air quality and reduce the cost of personal mobility, EVs will be an important part of the transportation needs in the Monterey Bay Area. 


AMBAG obtained grant funding in 2010 for an EV infrastructure study and pilot project for the Monterey Bay Area from the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (MBUAPCD).  AMBAG staff completed an analysis to identify the best areas to place public charging stations and from this, the best locations for infrastructure for each city in the region were identified and scored.

The second phase of the project is to install public charging stations in some of these priority areas. Installation will take place in at least three cities within the region, with the highest-ranked areas taking priority for initial EV charging station deployment. The number of charging stations the bidding company will submit will be at a minimum of three stations—one per each city; the maximum number of stations is to be determined by the per unit cost as submitted by the bidding company. 


Ideally, these demonstration areas, already carefully selected to coincide with where people already engage in 1-4 hour activities, will be excellent showcases for the latest Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE).  The EVSE charging infrastructure will be considered a new infrastructure system, attached to both the existing electrical infrastructure and existing transportation infrastructure. As such, AMBAG said, the system of public charging stations should function together in a networked capacity. The proposed networked system should allow both AMBAG and the unit owner to retrieve charging data, set appropriate prices, and the customer charging to pay via multiple methods.  

Closing date for receipt of proposals is 14 February 2010.



Excellent idea. Quick charge stations are essential to the growth of future PHEV/BEV fleet. A pro-active program for domestic-commercial-industrial charge spots would also help.

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