For Immediate Release: April 11, 2012
Media Contact: Percy D. Della - 916-654-4989


Energy Commission Grant Prepares LA Region for Electric Vehicles

A grant of $200,000 will help Southern California develop a plan to prepare for the influx of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) across the region.

The grant approved unanimously today by the California Energy Commission, will help the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) develop two sub-regional plans under a regional PEV Readiness Plan to determine where best to add PEV charging stations in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation. The SCAG is a planning organization representing the region's six counties, 191 cities and more than 18 million residents.

"The LA region's PEV readiness plan will study people's travel and commute patterns," says Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman. "These factors are essential in placing charging stations where they are needed."

The SCAG's PEV regional readiness plan will also involve efforts to streamline the permitting, installation and inspection of charging stations, while enlightening consumers on their use and benefits, like displacing petroleum fuels and reducing air pollution.

Under the plan, SCAG and its regional project partners have agreed to maintain a Southern California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council to include core partners. These are the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Southern California Edison, South Bay Cities Council of Governments and Western Riverside Council of Governments. This partnership will also include many cities and counties, including the City and County of Los Angeles and other public and private stakeholders.

The council's foremost goal is to provide a forum to oversee the regional plan to make Southern California a reliable place to drive electricity-fueled green cars and to share data and information necessary for the rapid deployment of such vehicles.

By the end of 2014, as many as 400,000 plug-in electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are forecast to be on the region's roadways.

With the Commission grant, the council will focus on PEV readiness for 17 cities and the unincorporated areas within the South Bay Area and 16 cities and unincorporated territory in Western Riverside. The project will be coordinated with a federal project with the same aim - the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Project.

The planning grant was approved by the Energy Commission today under its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program mandated by law. Assembly Bill 118 provides the Commission a yearly outlay of $100-million to develop and deploy clean green vehicles, technologies and alternative fuels in support of California's climate change policies and goals.

Under the program, a total of $1.8 million in PEV planning grants have been awarded.

The California Air Resources Board recently unanimously approved regulations that require car manufacturers to cut smog emissions from new vehicles by 75 percent by 2025 and reduce greenhouse gases by 34 percent. To meet these goals, the number of plug-in battery electric vehicles in California is expected to double from current levels by 2013 and will reach 460,000 by 2020.

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