EV Adoption in San Francisco

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) released a report on July 2018 which analyzed the 2017 EV market in the US and the factors driving growth. Of the 50 most populated metropolitan areas analyzed by ICCT, San Francisco ranked:

  • #1 in total EV promotion actions

  • #2 in EV uptake

  • #2 in public and workplace charging infrastructure

A summary of the report can be found here, and the full report can be found here.


EV 101 Presentation

SF Clean Cities staff developed a presentation covering the basics of shopping for, purchasing/leasing, and owning an electric car - including how to charge it. The presentation with informational notes and links to other resources can be downloaded as a PDF here.


EV Roadmap: Getting San Francisco to 100% Electric Mobility

San Francisco Clean Cities Coalition assisted the City and County of San Francisco in the development of a city-wide Roadmap to reach 100% electrification of all transportation in the city by 2040. A Subcommittee was organized and met every other week to discuss the different topic areas within the Roadmap, and the Subcommittee Co-Chairs (including SF Clean Cities) met twice a week to develop the document and organize Subcommittee meetings. The Subcommittee and Co-Chairs continued to meet through June, when the Roadmap was submitted to the Mayor’s Office for approval. The full Roadmap can accessed here.

SF Clean Cities and the City of San Francisco also organized multiple Community Listening Sessions regarding the development of the EV Roadmap. The Sessions were held in the Sunset and Civic Center areas of the city and were open to the public. During these Sessions, City representatives and members of the public discussed two topics regarding electric vehicles: increasing electric vehicle awareness and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.


Zero Emission Vehicle Municipal Fleet Ordinance

Ordinance overview

The City's Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Municipal Fleet ordinance requires all light-duty passenger vehicles in the City fleet to be ZEVs by December 31, 2022. The ordinance will advance the City's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from light-duty vehicles while improving electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure at municipal facilities. 

 For vehicles parked on City owned facilities:

  • 75% of vehicles must be ZEVs

  • Up to 25% may be plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) with a waiver due to charging/operational challenges

 For vehicles parked on non-City owned facilities:

  • The department must make every effort to purchase/lease a ZEV

  • Otherwise, must obtain waiver to purchase/lease PHEV due to charging/operational challenges; no cap on how many PHEVs may be procured

 Police safety departments and emergency response vehicles are exempted from requirements, as per existing law. Here is the ordinance as adopted.


Electric Vehicle Readiness Ordinance

ordinance overview

Starting January 2018, the City's Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness ordinance requires new residential, commercial, and municipal buildings, and major renovations, to have sufficient electrical infrastructure to simultaneously charge (at Level 2 charging) EVs in 20% of parking spaces provided. With this capacity, innovative load management systems afford the option to install an EV charger in every parking space. On day one, the building will be required to have full circuits for EV chargers installed at 10% of parking spaces (actual charging station installation not required), and will have the key resources to expand from there in order to meet tenant needs.

San Francisco's requirements are published as part of the San Francisco Green Building Code. Here it is also in stand alone ordinance form as adopted. You can also find the Staff Report here, and the Cost Effectiveness Analysis here.