In 2018, departments from across the City and the private sector, developed the EV Roadmap. The effort, led by SF Environment, SFMTA and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), resulted in six program areas, each with its own suite of actions, which are meant to help advance strategic electrification efforts across the transportation sector:

  • Public Awareness: Achieve broad public awareness, understanding and consideration of the options and benefits of electric mobility.
  • Incentives: Create a preference for electric mobility over gasoline and diesel vehicles.
  • Charging Infrastructure: Ensure that charging infrastructure for EVs is available and convenient for all residents, businesses and visitors.
  • Grid: Integrate EV charging with the electrical grid to maximize the benefits of charging infrastructure and support the transition to a renewable energy future.
  • Medium- and Heavy-Duty; Lead the way in medium- and heavy-duty vehicle electrification.
  • Emerging Mobility: Advocate for and encourage emerging mobility options to be emission-free.

The EV Roadmap was carefully crafted to emphasize the important functions that transit, bicycling and walking play to promote sustainable mobility in San Francisco and reduce air pollution. Strategic electrification of the transportation sector will help ensure that the City meets its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals in the coming years. Today, SFMTA, and other City staff are identifying a subset of actions within the EV Roadmap that should be advanced.

EV Ready Blueprint: SF's Electric Mobility Implementation Plan

In 2018, the City and County of San Francisco secured funding from the California Energy Commission to create an Electric Vehicle Ready Community Blueprint. SF Environment led the effort to develop a document that lays out a strategic implementation plan to turn the City’s ambitious vision of 100% greenhouse gas-free transportation in San Francisco by 2040 into reality. The Blueprint details actions and timelines, identifies potential barriers and challenges, and assigns roles and responsibilities to City departments and supporting partners to achieve specific outcomes and deliverables.



Mayor’s Electric Vehicle Working Group

In January 2015, Mayor Lee established the Electric Vehicle Working Group (EVWG) to identify actions and policies to continue EV growth in San Francisco. Its objective was to ensure that EVs are available, affordable and easy to use for all San Franciscans. Led by the Office of the City Administrator and the San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment), the EVWG was asked to develop recommendations and solutions that would electrify our municipal fleet and transform the marketplace for EVs in the private sector.

As a result, two ordinances were passed in 2017: (1) the City Fleet Zero Emission Vehicle Ordinance which mandates the electrification of the City’s light duty passenger sedan fleet by 2022, and (2) the EV Readiness Ordinance, which mandates all parking spaces in new construction to be ‘made ready’ to support EV charging. In late 2017, a subcommittee was established and tasked with development of the EV Roadmap.

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