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Energy and Climate Change

Regional Electric Vehicle Charging Program

Electric vehicles, along with other zero emission vehicles, are playing a major role in how countries, states, and local governments plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve local air quality, and reduce petroleum dependence.

Through a $600,000 planning grant from Caltrans, SANDAG is developing a regional incentive program for EV charging infrastructure to expand charging opportunities for EV drivers. The grant period is from January 2018 to February 2020, with the anticipated launch date for the incentive program in mid-2020.

Through the grant, SANDAG will identify programmatic best practices and develop a detailed framework for a new incentive program that will support the purchase and installation of publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure.

This project will identify program administration options, eligible technologies, incentive amounts and participation guidelines; as well as determine tracking and reporting methods and outreach approaches.

Throughout the project, SANDAG will seek input from local governments and public agencies, businesses and industry, other stakeholders and the public to inform the process.

Project Updates

The first phase of the grant project has been to conduct a review of best practices from existing charger incentive programs and policies to help inform design of the SANDAG EV Charging Program.

The Draft Summary Report on Existing Electric Vehicle Charger Incentive Programs in the United States reviews over 35 charger incentive programs in terms of program scope, administration, eligible technologies, participation criteria, incentive levels, program metrics, and additional measures.

The Draft Summary Review of Policies to Guide Program Development reviews critical federal policies such as the federal vehicle emissions standards and tax credit; state policies from the California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission and Caltrans; regional policies including the Regional Energy Strategy and The Regional Plan; and local climate action plans.


With adoption of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan and its Sustainable Communities Strategy in 2015, the SANDAG Board of Directors committed its support to building out a network of publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure throughout the region.

The Regional Plan Environmental Impact Report solidified SANDAG’s commitment through greenhouse gas mitigation measure 4C. The measure states that SANDAG will allocate funding for charging infrastructure and that a regional incentive program will be established by 2020 to promote and increase publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure.

Project Manager

Susan Freedman, Senior Regional Energy Planner
Phone: (619) 699-7387, Email:

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or

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