Advancing transportation electrification
Electric vehicles (EVs) are an important component for the future of clean mobility. They lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve air quality, and offer a cost competitive option to gasoline-powered vehicles due to lower fuel and maintenance costs. EV market growth has been expanding, spurred by State of California and local policies focused on reducing GHG emissions through electrification of the transportation network and through vehicle incentives.
The County of San Diego is committed to doing its part to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road and improve access to charging infrastructure to provide clean mobility options for all residents. Learn more about the County’s efforts to increase clean mobility options in the region.
Electric Vehicle Roadmap
The County of San Diego’s commitment to sustainability is highlighted in the County’s 2021-2026 Strategic Plan, which identifies enhancing the quality of the environment through sustainability, pollution prevention, and strategic planning as County priorities. To further that commitment and improve air quality and health, and provide long-term economic benefits, on October 16, 2019, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Electric Vehicle Roadmap (EV Roadmap) to identify actions the County will take over the next decade to facilitate the adoption of clean mobility in the region.
The EV Roadmap contains six goals and 11 recommendations that leverage the County’s land use authority, permitting processes, and outreach platforms in order to increase EV ownership and charging installations in the unincorporated area and at County facilities.
Implementation of the EV Roadmap supports the County’s 2018 Climate Action Plan sustainability measures and puts the County on a path to meet state vehicle and charging infrastructure goals in the next decade. EV Roadmap efforts prioritize reaching communities of concern to increase awareness of vehicle incentives and the accessibility of charging infrastructure with priority populations. More information on the Board’s approval of the EV Roadmap can be found here.
The plan, which received a 2020 Achievement Award in the category of County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy & Sustainability from the National Association of Counties, exemplifies the County’s commitment to sustainability as highlighted in its 2021-2026 Strategic Plan.
The purpose of this EV Roadmap website is to highlight the County’s commitment to transportation electrification and track progress on the program’s implementation efforts.
Helping Consumers Understand Electric Vehicles
The EV Consumer Guide provides technical support, education, and outreach to increase EV use and charging station installations throughout the region. This consolidated source of vehicle electrification information provides information about the benefits of EV ownership, a fuel cost comparison calculator, tools to help search for and compare EV models that fit your lifestyle, charger installation procedures, and available incentives.