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.