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San Francisco Bay Area leaders announce formation of “EV Strategic Council” and $5M+ for EV infrastructure

San Francisco Bay Area elected and business leaders launched a CEO-level “EV Strategic Council”, along with more than $5 million in new funding, to ensure that the Bay Area becomes the “EV Capital of the US”. Led by the region’s big city Mayors, regional officials and clean tech industry executives, the Bay Area EV Strategic Council aims to develop the infrastructure needed for an influx of new electric vehicles (EVs).

The package of grants and initiatives for the region includes:

  • $1.5 million from the California Energy Commission, supplemented by $2.5 million in local public and private funds, to install more than 300 new public EV chargers, including 19 “Fast Chargers” capable of recharging a Nissan Leaf in 20 minutes.

  • $700,000 from the US Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to complete regional EV Strategic Plans encompassing 12 counties in the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay regions.

  • Publication of Ready, Set, Charge, California! A Guide to EV-Ready Communities through a $625,000 grant administered by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the EV Communities Alliance, and the Bay Area Climate Collaborative to support Bay Area and South Coast cities in becoming “EV-ready.”

  • $546,097 RFG settlement funding grant for an EV car sharing pilot program which City CarShare administered by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District covering the purchase of 10 new plug-in Toyota Prius vehicles and an outreach campaign to the members of City CarShare on the benefits of EV use.



Fantastic. The Bay Area is more like the EV Capital of the World at the moment. Likely more EVs on the road and charge stations are installed than anywhere else. These are all strong incentives to predispose the public to the idea that an EV can be just as convenient as an ICE. And of course a lot more socially responsible.

From the enviro perspective and from Energy Independence.


I was recently in SF/SH and only saw a Leaf charging at the Stanford Mall, one at Apple HQ, and a pair at a new Sunnyvale Nissan.

I suspect/hope Tokyo has more EVs, though the Bay area may lead in the US. Better Place, Israel - with dozens/100s of fleet subscriptions/massive incentives - may tell the story in 2012.


A waste of effort.

SF will always be the “fruit, nut and flake Capital of the US”.


TT, what's your problem?

For forty years, SF/Silicon Valley has been America's key innovation and revenue leader.


I remember seeing an EV1 charging outside a store in SV in the 90s and it was the hit of the parking lot crowd. Referent leadership can take many forms.


TT don't like cereal. Or humans.

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