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Energy and Climate Change

Regional Alternative Fuel Planning

On-road transportation represents 46 percent of this region’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and as such, SANDAG’s 2050 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS 2011) and Regional Energy Strategy both call for SANDAG to undertake coordinated planning for electric vehicle charging and alternative fueling infrastructure in the region. The SCS included several recommended actions in support of infrastructure planning for alternative fuels. In addition, one of the six priority early actions identified in the Regional Energy Strategy is to support planning for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging and alternative fueling infrastructure. Strong regional support for alternative fuels can communicate to the market that the San Diego region is committed to, and seeks to attract, investment in alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure.

In 2012, SANDAG established the San Diego Regional Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Working Group (REVI) as part of a California Energy Commission grant to perform regional PEV readiness planning. The REVI completed the San Diego Regional Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan, which was accepted by the SANDAG Board in January 2014. As part of another California Energy Commission grant, SANDAG will build on the success of the REVI and undertake regional readiness planning for all alternative fuels. This project is expected to begin this summer and is in partnership with the San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition. A regional alternative fuels coordinating council will be established to advise on regional alternative fuel infrastructure needs, barriers and solutions.

Past Alternative Fuel Planning Projects

Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Planning

The San Diego region has been at the forefront of PEV deployment with hundreds of publicly available chargers and more than a dozen vehicle options available from leading automakers. The region’s early PEV experiences helped to identify barriers to widespread PEV adoption, which are being addressed in a strategic and coordinated manner. In 2012, SANDAG received a California Energy Commission grant to support formation of a regional plug-in electric vehicle coordinating council (PEVCC), named the San Diego Regional Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Working Group (REVI). Visit the REVI webpage for agendas, best practice materials and the final San Diego Regional PEV Readiness Plan.

San Diego Regional Assessment of Alternative Fuels, Vehicles and Infrastructure

Infrastructure needs were identified in a 2009 assessment of how to accelerate deployment of alternative fuel vehicles in and around San Diego entitled the Regional Alternative Fuels, Vehicles and Infrastructure Report. The report recommended public – private partnerships and collaborative approaches to infrastructure planning and increasing alternative fuels in fleets. Its findings were incorporated into the regional energy and climate strategies.

The Electric Vehicle Project

SANDAG was a local partner on the San Diego metropolitan region’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Project, which was part of a nationwide project funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy. Car Charging Group, Inc. continues to operate many of the EV chargers and is expected to collect data on EV owner charging behavior to inform future infrastructure needs. Car Charging Group took over the project from ECOtality North America in 2013.

Through a local stakeholder advisory committee assembled for the EV Project, SANDAG and others helped ECOtality prepare regional deployment guidelines, address long term planning, and identify potential optimal locations for publicly accessible EV chargers based on local land use and transportation characteristics. A fact sheet on this process was prepared for the San Diego Regional Electric Vehicle Working Group (REVI) in 2013.

Project Manager

Susan Freedman, Senior Regional Energy Planner
Phone: (619) 699-7387, Email: susan.freedman@sandag.org

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