In the smoggiest region of the country, there is much to be gained by promoting zero-emission transportation made possible with easy-to-charge electric vehicles.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) upgraded its public and fleet plugin electric vehicle charging at its headquarters in Diamond Bar, California in eastern Los Angeles County. SCAQMD, which is the air pollution control agency for the smoggiest region in the country, has much to gain by the adoption of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs). The district covers all of Orange County and urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Providing more opportunities for plug-in electric vehicle charging encourages more people to consider buying and driving ZEVs. SCAQMD installed twenty Level 2 chargers and one direct current (DC) fast-charger, all of which are available to the public twenty-four hours a day, with no fee for using the Level 2 chargers. Additionally, SCAQMD installed thirteen Level 1 outlets and six Level 2 chargers for its demonstration fleet.

Anticipating the increasing availability of new plug-in vehicles, SCAQMD leveraged $86,500 of its own funds, along with state and federal funding to upgrade its chargers. Other funding sources include the U.S. Department of Energy American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds and the California Energy Commission Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program funding. SCAQMD is also working with multiple stakeholders to co-fund the installation of charging infrastructure throughout the South Coast Air Basin. Projects include the installation of 315 Level 2 chargers at public sites, and the installation of twenty DC fast chargers at supermarkets, both funded by the Energy Commission through AB 118 awards.

See more information at the South Coast Air Quality Management District website.

Solar panels power and shade electric vehicles being charged Driver plugging in an electric vehicle Blink Electric Vehicle Charger

Photos courtesy of the South Coast Air Quality Management District



  • Accessible charging infrastructure demonstrates the feasibility of everyday use of plug-in electric vehicles, encouraging broader adoption of zero-emission vehicles.

  • Expanded charging options help California meet the Governor’s Zero Emission Vehicles Action Plan goal of having enough infrastructure in place to support 1 million ZEV vehicles by 2025.

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Map of Public  Electric Vehicle Charging at the South Coast Air Quality Management District in California


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