Expanding San Francisco’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Date: 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SF Environment is taking new steps to promote the use of electric vehicles (EV) by helping EV drivers avoid "range anxiety" with the knowledge that they can find a charger away from home. Beginning this June, SF Environment's Clean Air & Transportation program will oversee the installation of 34 additional public chargers, bringing the total number of electric vehicle charging stations installed by the city to nearly 90. The chargers are distributed among more than 20 parking garages and other public parking locations around town and at the airport, and thanks to an executive directive issued by Mayor Lee in 2011, they will be free to use (aside from any garage parking fees) until the end of 2013.

Powered by Hetch Hetchy hydroelectricity, all city-operated chargers run on clean energy. This means that EV owners who use these stations can drive with zero emissions while contributing to the city's greenhouse gas reduction goals. The City's EV infrastructure is being installed with the help of grant funds from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the California Energy Commission, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

If you’d like to use one of the city’s chargers, or just take a look, download the list of Public EV Charging Stations, which also includes privately-owned chargers in San Francisco that are available for public use.