San Francisco Department of the Environment

Clean Fuels and Vehicles

Electric Vehicle charging station

Cleaner fuels and vehicles help reduce our dependency on and depletion of non-renewable resources like petroleum as well as improve air quality and stimulate the economy.


Incentives (rebates, tax credits, carpool benefits)
Infrastructure (electric vehicle charging stations)
Policies (legislation)


Electric Mobility StrategyCommercial Garage EV Charging Ordinance


San Francisco’s Electric Mobility Strategy

The City recognizes that the best way to reduce emissions and congestion is to prioritize sustainable modes of transportation. While implementing this strategy, two technical breakthroughs offer an opportunity to more rapidly reduce and eventually eliminate emissions. First, electric vehicle (EV) technology is approaching a tipping point as new models are better performing and more affordable. Second, generation of electricity for EVs is getting cleaner through the transition to renewable energy sources on the grid. San Francisco aims to complete the transition to 100% renewable electrical power by 2030, in line with the objectives of the City’s Climate Action Plan. When EVs, including Fuel Cell EVs (FCEV) powered by hydrogen, and renewable power are combined, these technologies provide a pathway to eliminate local air pollution as well as GHG emissions from transportation altogether.


Commercial Garage Electric Vehicle Charging Ordinance

The City and County of San Francisco's Commercial Garage Electric Vehicle Charging Ordinance (Ordinance No. 244-19) requires publicly accessible commercial parking garages and lots with more than 100 parking spaces to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at 10% of parking spaces by January 1, 2023. The ordinance affects San Francisco-based parking garages and lots on privately owned land where the public may park or store a motor vehicle for a fee.

To begin the compliance process, check out the Fact Sheet (PDF) or Workshop Presentation to learn about EV charging requirements, compliance, and waivers. Next, review the EV Service Provider Information Packet and contact an EV Service Provider to schedule a site assessment. For questions, contact us at [email protected].

EV Charging Ordinance Resources
Workshop Presentation
EV Service Provider Information Packet
Commercial Garage Electric Vehicle Charging Ordinance Fact Sheet


Related Content
About Clean Fuels and Vehicles
EV Roadmap (PDF)
San Francisco’s EV Ready Community Blueprint (PDF)
San Francisco Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan (PDF)

Additional Resources
Alternative Fuel Locator (U.S. Department of Energy)
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Locator (U.S. Department of Energy)

 

 

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