Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan for Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties

Plug In Central CoastThe Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Readiness Plan was prepared for the California Central Coast in order to guide the development of PEV charging infrastructure for the tri-counties area (see final plan and associated maps). The deployment of PEV charging stations will encourage local drivers to consider purchasing PEVs, which is the ultimate goal of this planning effort. Benefits of adopting PEVs include improving local air quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions that impact climate change, increasing the use of renewable energy such as photovoltaic solar energy, and more efficient use of existing grid energy through off-peak PEV charging. Increasing the use of PEVs provides for a cleaner fleet of vehicles, that gets cleaner over time as more renewable energy sources come on line.

This plan is a resource for local community organizations and planning agencies, and provides valuable information on the types of charging stations available, siting information, planning and permitting guidance, outreach strategies, and technical information.

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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 Plug-in Central Coast was initiated by the joint efforts of C5 – the Clean Cities Coalition of the Central Coast, the Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara, and the Air Pollution Control Districts of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. Key leaders from these organizations formed the Steering Committee of Plug-in Central Coast and obtained grants for tri-county PEV planning from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the California Energy Commission (CEC).

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