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. 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. More information will be made available shortly.

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. There were several common themes brought up regarding what actions the City should take within these two topic areas:

Awareness – Common Themes

  • Support for creation of an “EV Ombudsman” position to provide technical support to the community and maintain a “one-stop-shop” resource website and helpdesk.
  • Debunk myths about EVs being expensive and infeasible for the average driver, communicate the economic benefits of EVs to the public (low maintenance and fuel costs), and connect drivers to all available incentives to reduce upfront costs.
  • Need for more local incentives as they are more effective then regulation.
  • Need for more marketing to multiple sectors of the community via billboards, radio ads, Pandora/Spotify, Next Door, and other social media outlets.
  • Distribute information on EVs to residents through the DMV.
  • City should collaborate with community organizations to reach residents, businesses, and visitors.
  • Educate the younger generation about EVs
  • EVs and charging infrastructure options need to be more visible
  • Provide opportunities for people to experience EVs through test drives/ride-and-drives and EV showcases.
  • Establish zero-emission zones in the city – no gas/diesel powered vehicles.
  • Concern that promoting EVs could encourage car ownership, leading to more congestion. Continue to work towards Transit First goal in parallel with electrification of cars and trucks that remain on roads and highways.
  • Promote shared mobility and EVs together (e.g., make ride hailing and car share options EVs).

Charging – Common Themes

  • Supply of publicly available charging isn’t meeting the demand.
    • Conduct city-wide survey of EV drivers on barriers to charging.
  • Residents, visitors, and businesses don’t want to drive to a charging station and have long dwell times.
  • Residents in apartments/condos face significant barriers to accessing charging where they live.
  • Citywide need for more fast charging.
    • Deploy centralized fast charging hubs.
    • Deploy fast charging stations at grocery stores/supermarkets, schools, parking garages/lots, restaurants, shopping districts, etc.
    • Deploy shared charging stations for neighbors.
  • Need curbside charging.
    • Connect charging with street lights.
  • Deploy charging stations at regional BART stations.
  • Concern that very inexpensive or free EV charging could encourage more driving and increase congestion. Also recognize that congestion is currently an issue and that vehicle miles traveled via EVs would reduce air pollution and human health impacts.
    • Continue to work towards Transit First goal in parallel with electrification of cars and trucks that remain on roads and highways.

SF Environment is reviewing these common themes in coordination with the development of the EV Roadmap for private sector transportation in San Francisco, which will be completed by Fall 2018.