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The City first installed chargers for the first wave of electric vehicles in the 1990s. More than a decade later in 2009, the City installed three chargers in front of City Hall to create the Green Vehicle Showcase. The City is involved in local and regional plans to develop a comprehensive network of EV charging stations so people can ‘top off’ while running errands, going to dinner, seeing a concert.
Today, San Francisco has approximately 300 Level 2 charging points installed in municipally owned and operated garages, including the San Francisco International Airport. While parking fees apply, San Francisco’s municipally owned chargers may be used for free. These installations were funded by ChargePoint America, which provide dozens of chargers for free and by grants from the US Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.
In the Bay Area, there are plans for approximately 2,000 Level 2 chargers, 50 DC Fast Chargers, and dozens of workplace and retail charging clusters.
With a target of making the Bay Area the EV Capital of the nation, the EV Coordinating Council was created to address charging infrastructure planning, electric vehicle penetration and to develop an outreach strategy. The Council is populated with representatives from the Bay Area counties, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, advocacy groups, EV manufacturers, EV charger manufacturers and other EV stakeholders.
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