The San Diego region has been planning for plug-in electric vehicles for many years and aspires to further the growth of plug-in electric vehicles and electric vehicle infrastructure to support the state’s goals for greenhouse gas reduction and zero-emission vehicle deployment. This document serves as the Final Report by the San Diego Association of Governments pursuant to its Agreement ARV-14-036 with the California Energy Commission under solicitation PON-14-603 for regional plug-in electric vehicle readiness plan implementation.
The project comprised five primary tasks: streamline permitting and inspection processes, improve the electric vehicle charging station installation process, assist in siting electric vehicle charging station, provide technical assistance through the electric vehicle expert, and conduct plug-in electric vehicle awareness activities targeted at dealerships and workplaces. Project methods were to utilize the Center for Sustainable Energy to assist in Plug-in San Diego resource development, trainings, and outreach; and to develop an on-demand regional technical assistance program for potential electric vehicle charging station hosts called the electric vehicle Expert.
Results include development of best practices and correction sheets to streamline the permitting and inspection process for electric vehicle charging station; creation of an installation check-list to provide guidance for electric vehicle charging station installers; distribution of an online training module for new car dealerships; successful engagement with electric vehicle stakeholders through trainings, meetings, and presentations; and technical assistance provided to over 70 potential electric vehicle charging station hosts through the electric vehicle Expert.
The Plug-in San Diego project was well received and should be continued in order to prepare the region for increased deployment of plug-in electric vehicle and electric vehicle charging station. Project recommendations are to improve effectiveness of future outreach with tailored marketing; increase the reach of the electric vehicle Expert program by expanding outreach, enhancing resource documents that address documented electric vehicle charging station barriers, and continue to promote and prepare potential site hosts for electric vehicle charging station incentive opportunities; and complete infrastructure mapping and analysis to guide future planning and investment.