California is leading the nation in Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) sales today, with dozens of new plug-in models coming to market. PEVs benefit local communities by bringing jobs, healthy air, a reduced carbon footprint, quieter streets, incentive funding and opportunities for leadership. Many California cities are already developing "PEV Ready" plans in order to support PEVs in their communities.
Key Resources for Cities
ZEV Community Readiness Guidebook
(Governor's Office of Planning & Research)
The Guidebook highlights many aspects of ZEV readiness, including necessary infrastructure, planning and zoning, permitting guidelines, greening local fleets and encouraging consumers through incentives and outreach. It also includes a number of tools and templates, which are provided below in Microsoft Word format for your convenience.
PEV Readiness Scorecard
(U.S. Department of Energy)
The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Scorecard helps communities assess their readiness for the arrival of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).
Becoming PEV Ready Benefits Your Community
Attract people with PEVs to live and shop in your community, bring customers to local businesses and stimulate the local economy. When public chargers are installed at shopping centers, they become magnets for new business; the growing market of PEV drivers -- from out of town and local -- will stop to shop in your community while waiting for the car to charge.
Proactively serve your constituents, both homeowners and businesses. Your community will benefit from being proactive and ready when homeowners and local businesses begin installing residential, workplace, and commercial charging, and as PEV drivers seek to access an increasingly expanding PEV charging network at workplaces, retail locations, and in public spaces.
Take advantage of the incentives for PEV charging infrastructure, gaining access to capital and integrated resource management solutions through grants and partnerships. By acting now, your municipality can be the first in line to take advantage of state and federal incentives, grants and loans, which will be exhausted quickly as other communities throughout the state get PEV ready.
Enhance energy security and independence. By becoming PEV ready you are positioning your community to engage in opportunities to link with future alternative energy sources such as vehicle-to-grid and other distributed energy resources.
Integrate alternative and multimodal corridor transportation plans. Becoming PEV ready is consistent with Sustainable Community Strategies being developed pursuant to Senate Bill 375, which encourages local and regional municipalities to pursue integrated land use and transportation planning that supports the state’s air quality and public health goals.
Reduce greenhouse gases. Becoming PEV ready will reduce local GHGs, consistent with Assembly Bill 32, under which the state’s GHG emissions must be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020, and local emissions reduction targets.
Provide access to convenient, clean transportation fuel. Becoming PEV ready offers new, clean fuel choices to local residents and businesses and helps promote a clean and green community image.
Become a model for other communities statewide. California is taking a leadership role in preparing for this market and ensuring that challenges are addressed and consumers are supported. Your community has the opportunity to lead the “charge” and become a model for others across the state.
Coalitions, Collaboratives, and PEV Readiness Groups
- Bay Area PEV Communities Alliance
- Business Council on Climate Change
- Ecology Action
- Western Regional Council of Governments
California Guides, Planning Documents, Local and Regional Plans for PEV Readiness
- California PEV Collaborative, Taking Charge, 2010
- California Regional PEV Readiness Reports - Learn what regions in California are doing and have done to become PEV Ready.
- Community Planning Guide for Electric Vehicles - Advanced Energy 2011
- City of Sacramento Electric Vehicle Permitting Guide
- Clean Cities - Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Scorecard: Find out if your City is PEV Ready and ways to make improvements.
- Development of Guiding Principals-Report on Preliminary Plans for the Siting and Placement of Publicly-Accessible Electric Vehicle Charging Stations throughout Marin County
- Electrify Your Business, Moving Forward with Electric Vehicles: A Bay Area Business Guide
- Ready, Set, Charge: A Guide to EV-Ready Communities, Association of Bay Area Governments, Bay Area Climate Collaborative, Clean Fuel Connection, EV Communities Alliance, LightMoves Consulting
- Sonoma County Electric Vehicle Charging Station Program and Installation Guidelines (July 2011)
- DOE Clean Cities PEV Readiness Documents from Across the Country
- Clean Vehicle Rebate Project – Interactive Rebate Map
- ZEV Community Readiness Guidebook: Prepared by the Governor's Office of Planning and Research as a collaborative effort by state agencies and ZEV experts to help communities support their residents and businesses in making the switch to ZEVs.
- ZEV Action Plan: Identifies specific strategies and actions that state agencies will take to meet the milestones of the Governor's ZEV Executive Order.
- Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)
- Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
Expert outreach on multi-unit dwellings, offering practical tools to assist tenants, home-owners association, property managers, and property management companies work with PEV drivers (residing in multi-unit complexes) install PEV charging; hosts workshops for multi-unit and workplace charging stakeholders; Contractor and Inspector training and forums.
- Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Installing public, residential and fleet charging in Sacramento; Assiting cities establish consistent permitting and inspection procedures.
- Southern California Edison (SCE)
PEV calculator to help potential buyers evaluate fuel cost savings and overall electricity cost impace of switching to a PEV; Training for EVSE intallers and car dealers.