EV Infrastructure Needs
Significantly more electric vehicle charging infrastructure is needed to accommodate existing driver needs and enable rapid growth in electric vehicles. Home charging is essential to make EVs viable for most drivers. Ubiquitous, visible, and publicly accessible charging stations give drivers comfort in using vehicles for longer or unique trips, and help the early majority believe that EVs can work for them.
Sonoma County, and the entire region, needs more charging infrastructure to support expected growth in EVs, let alone encourage more rapid adoption. The Bay Area PEV Readiness Plan forecasts the need for a range of publically accessible chargers to accommodate growth in EVs. The forecast need is framed as a range because of uncertainty regarding the behaviors and technologies that will dominate the market (i.e. longer range vehicles and plug-in hybrids may tilt behaviors towards home dominant charging). Regardless, the region needs a forecast minimum of 20,000 chargers to support the 2025 goal of 250,000 vehicles.
Drive EverGreen, from Sonoma Clean Power
3-2-1 Go Green, from the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District
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