Continuing Action – Promote the use of both zero-emission vehicles and alternative fuels

The 2015 Regional Plan initiated, and 2019 Federal RTP continued, a call for SANDAG to establish an incentive program for public electric vehicle (EV) chargers and committed $30 million over 30 years, beginning in 2020. Since Plan adoption, SANDAG was awarded a $600,000 Caltrans SB 1 planning grant to plan for and develop the regional EV charging infrastructure program. In 2019, two research reports were completed: Summary Report on Existing Electric Vehicle Charger Incentive Programs in the United States and Summary Review of Policies to Guide Program Development.

SANDAG has collaborated with local and state agencies, industry, the local utility, and other key stakeholders to inform program development and identify more resources to support EV infrastructure. SANDAG is partnering with the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD), California Energy Commission (CEC), and Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) on this regional charger program through the CEC’s California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP). The San Diego County CALeVIP project is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2020 and will effectively combine state and regional incentives for EV chargers into one unified program under CALeVIP. The program will provide rebates to offset the purchase and installation costs for public and workplace EV chargers.

SANDAG is working with its partners to finalize the program design, establish the website, and prepare the education and outreach strategy.