Program aims for 3,500 EV charging ports in San Mateo County over 4 years

in Community/Infrastructure

A $28 million program administered by Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) program seeks to install 3,500 electric vehicle charging ports in San Mateo County workplaces, multi-unit dwellings, public parking areas, and other public locations over the next four years.

The EV Ready Program is the largest EV charging infrastructure effort tied to a single Community Choice Aggregation agency, according to PCE.

The program will provide $24 million in project incentives to eligible properties and $4 million towards free technical assistance, support of workforce development in the county and other costs, PCE said. The funds are expected to result in more than 400 projects staffed by local, trained workers.

Applications are open for assistance supporting multi-family properties and low-power workplace solutions. To apply and receive technical assistance, click here. The second phase, likely to launch in December, includes incentives to support DC Fast Charging and Level 2 charging at a broader range of properties, according to PCE.

PCE is providing $12 million of the $24 million, with the other half coming from the California Energy Commission as part of a statewide program to increase EV charging infrastructure. The statewide program is providing $36 million in incentives within Santa Clara County, dispersed among four agencies.

“The installation of these new charging stations will bring much-needed charging infrastructure to the Peninsula and the opportunity for eligible properties to access free technical assistance is an added bonus,” Assemblymember Kevin Mullin said.

Greater access to charging stations ” is a critical step in our efforts to make electric vehicles accessible and affordable,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper added.

“This could make a sizable dent in transportation-sector greenhouse gas emissions, which is by far the biggest contributor to climate change in San Mateo County,” Pepper said.