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EV Community Readiness Planning

 Plug-In Central Coast

Plug‐in Central Coast (PCC) was initiated in 2011 as the regional PEV Coordinating Council for Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo
counties. The planning process for the Plug‐in Central Coast was initiated by the joint efforts of C5 – the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition – and its key members, including the Air Pollution Control Districts of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties, and the Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara. Key leaders from these organizations formed the Steering Committee of Plug‐in Central Coast and successfully obtained two grants for tri‐county EV planning: $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy for Phase I of the Central Coast PEV Readiness Plan and a $200,000 grant from the California Energy Commission for Phase II of the regional PEV Readiness Plan. 

The Final EV Community Readiness Plan includes the following key elements.

  1. Streamlining construction permitting and inspection processes
  2.  Implementing training and education programs
  3. Updating building codes
  4. Updating zoning and parking rules
  5. Creating and implementing a plan for effective marketing and outreach
  6. Public charging site selection
  7. Working with local employers to encourage workplace charging
  8. Working with utilities to manage grid impacts
  9. Addressing Multi‐unit Dwellings (MUD)
  10. Purchasing PEVs for local government fleets
  11. Creating new incentives and expanded outreach efforts
  12. Encouraging renewable energy
  13. Establishing a formal Regional Coordination Council to follow‐through on initiatives

EV Community Readiness Plan Maps can be found by clicking on the link. 

Past Workshops and Webinars

Date: July 31, 2012

The Plug-In Central Coast Steering Committee hosted a webinar on July 31, 2012 to review the EV Community Readiness Planning efforts underway on the Central Coast.

Date: May 17, 2012

This workshop provided key plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) readiness tools to communities throughout the state. Thousands of plug-in electric vehicles are already on California's roadways and many more are expected this year.

Experts presented the top five actions that communities can implement to update local codes and regional planning practices. The workshop was a component of the U.S. Department of Energy Plug-In Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Grant awarded to California in 2011.

The goal of the project is to see all communities throughout the state become fully PEV ready. The more specific objective is to see communities take tangible steps towards incorporating the five core PEV readiness elements into their local codes and regional planning practices.  

Key documents from the meeting are available for review here:

Community Planning Guide for Electric Vehicles – Advanced Energy Corporation

Community Toolkit for PEV Readiness – California PEV Collaboration

Accessibility and Signage Guidelines – California PEV Collaboration

Financial Incentive List for PEVs – California PEV Commission

Streamlining the Permitting and Inspection Process – California PEV Commission

PEVs in Multi-Family Housing Units – UCLA Luskin School for Public Affairs 


Our pre-project survey is available on line or hard copy.  We are asking all local governments to complete the survey.

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