Association of Bay Area Governments Bay Area EV Corridor Project: Phase I EVSE Development
The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), as part of the Bay Area Electric Vehicle (EV) Corridor Project, plans to establish the greater San Francisco Bay Area as an electric vehicle leader by accelerating the deployment of EV-ready infrastructure and EV-friendly policies and incentives. ABAG will install charging infrastructure throughout the nine-county Bay Area Region with an emphasis on 1) addressing the needs of the “garageless” EV driver, especially in densely populated cities, and 2) providing battery-electric vehicle (BEV) drivers with the ability to travel across and within the region without “range anxiety”.
This project will install up to 423 charge points for the Region including 19 DC Fast Chargers, 176 Level 1 and 228 Level 2 charge points. The charging installations will serve neighborhood electric vehicles, legacy EVs that take 110 volt connections, and new EVs that require 240 volt connectors. The DC fast chargers, installed in centrally located, high use locations, will be able to serve up to eight vehicles at a time.
ABAG will contract with Clean Fuel Connection, Inc. to manage local charger installation processes on behalf of local jurisdictions and organizations that wish to participate.
The Energy Commission will provide $1,493,165 in Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Transportation Program funds.
The team will provide match funding of $2,745,843.
Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) will serve as the project lead and fiscal agent. ABAG is the regional planning agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. It deals with land use, housing, environmental quality, and economic development. All nine counties and 101 cities within the Bay Area are voluntary members; non-profit organizations as well as governments can be members.
EV Communities Alliance, a non-profit organization encouraging the use of electric vehicles, will coordinate the EV Corridor Project and manage the Energy Commission grant.
Ecology Action, a nonprofit environmental consultancy based in Santa Cruz, will coordinate the EV Corridor project in the Monterey region.
Clean Fuel Connections, a California-based company that now provides turn-key EV charging installations in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Marin counties as well as the Monterey Bay area, will manage local charger installations for participating local jurisdictions and organizations.
Other agency partners for the nine-county regional area include:
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the regional government agency that regulates sources of air pollution.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the regional planning, financing, and funding government agency that coordinates the transit systems in the region.
Other supporting partners include:
Plug-in America, a San Francisco-based non-profit corporation, will provide market analysis and help to map the location of electric vehicle equipment.
The University of California, Berkeley will provide policy analysis in support of regional EV incentives.
The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC), an initiative launched by the mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland to accelerate clean energy in the Bay Area, will work to streamline the process for installing EV equipment.
Pacific Gas & Electric, the local utility, will provide guidance for installation of the charging equipment.
The Clean Cities Coalitions of the Bay Area, volunteer organizations sponsored by the federal Department of Energy to coordinate petroleum reduction efforts, will act as liaison to fleet operators and will support training and outreach efforts for the program.
Other participants include Bay Area counties and cities, regional transportation agencies and special districts, local colleges, EVSE vendors Better Place and Coulomb Technologies, local businesses, and condominium associations.
Battery electric vehicles are expected to displace over 430 gallons of gasoline and reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by over 4.6 tonnes per vehicle annually. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) will annually displace over 280 gallons of gasoline and reduce GHG emissions by 3 tonnes per vehicle. ABAG’s corridor project will help realize the petroleum and GHG reduction benefits that BEVs and PHEVs offer by substantially increasing charging opportunities in the Bay Area.
California is home to emerging EV-related industries, including vehicle manufacturers such as Tesla and Fisker; charging equipment manufacturers such as AeroVironment, Better Place, Clipper Creek and Coulomb Technologies; infrastructure installation management firms such as Clean Fuel Connection; and countless high tech developers of electric drive components and software. California firms will provide products and services for this EV infrastructure project. In addition to the immediate jobs and business benefits for the contracted California firms, the entire California-based EV-related industry will benefit by the establishment of a robust plug-in vehicle infrastructure in the Bay Area– a key foundation for an expanding regional EV market. Finally, establishment of the Bay Area as a national EV leader will attract potential “EV Readiness” federal funding of up to $10 million, soon to be available.
Grant Agreement Number: ARV-10-032