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Planning the Electric Vehicle Transition in Marin

Current Activities Associated with Electric Vehicles and Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (a.k.a. EVSE)

EV Charging Station at Marin County Civic Center (c) Jan Alff Wiegel 2012

Given the popularity of low emission vehicles by county residents over the past years we fully expect a similar response during the rollout of the next generation of alternatively fueled vehicles soon to be available to the public in large numbers. There are an estimated 30,000 plug-in EVs in the Bay Area as of October 2014; with the Bay Area accounting for about half of the state’s EV purchase rebates.

The Transportation Authority of Marin is committed to partner with our member agencies, Marin's Sustainable Community Organizations, the Electric Vehicle Communities Alliance, the Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association (GGEVA), and other parties interested in promoting the successful implementation and use of zero emission electric vehicles and the future build out of electric vehicle charging stations in Marin County.

During 2014 we participated in three fun-filled and successful community EV outreach events. The EV fairs included the National Drive Electric Week, Experience Electric and Charge Across Town. The fairs included exhibitors who answered attendees’ questions and EV manufacturers who gave hundreds of test drives for the curious.


 2014 EV Event - National Plug In Day in Marin County    2014 EV Event - National Plug In Day in Marin County     2014 EV Event - National Plug In Day in Marin County                                           

In a significant past effort, we led with the financial support of the Marin Community Foundation a planning effort to work with each Marin jurisdiction to plan locations for publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations. Although a large percentage of the early adopters of EV’s will have the opportunity to refuel their cars using a home base charging unit many users will want or need to access EVSEs at publicly available locations. The planning report identified potential sites in Marin, and focused on establishing a set of principles and priorities that could be used to evaluate a potential site. They are divided into three general categories 1) Primary Global Principles, 2) Secondary Global Principles and then 3) Site Specific Principles. The recommendations also focused on a few additional areas:

• Developing local ordinances and regulations
• Developing incentives, and
• Preparation and distribution of educational awareness and outreach materials.

The Board accepted the report in 2011 for further consideration and use by public agencies and residents to aid in the successful implementation of electric vehicles in Marin County.

View Report: “Report on Preliminary Plans for the Siting and Placement of Publicly-Accessible Electric Vehicle Charging Stations throughout Marin County” (7.5MB)

Current Funding Opportunities 

This agency has been proactive in applying for state and federal grant opportunities to enable our cities, towns and county-wide agencies to install publicly accessible charging stations. TAM is in the process of facilitating grant funds for the procurement and installation of electric vehicle charging stations in the cities and towns of San Rafael, Novato, Larkspur, Fairfax, San Anselmo, Belvedere, Marin County, and the Marin Municipal Water District. We are also working with other agencies in the county in pursuit of growing the electric vehicle infrastructure.

With the recent passage of Measure B, the Vehicle Registration Fee, a portion of these measure funds will be directed to a category designated for Alternative Fueled Vehicles. At a this time we are happy to introduce the EV Fleet Rebate Program for fiscal year 2014-2015:

TAM's EV Fleet Rebate Program assists public agencies that replace internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. To participate, public agencies must meet the requirements and apply for a rebate through the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP). TAM's incentive provides "match" funding of up to $2,500 per vehicle, thereby reducing the cost of a new electric vehicle by up to $5,000. For more information and to apply, please click HERE. 

 Additional Resources

- Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association, a local non- profit organization that provides information, presentations,  demonstrations, and test drives of electric cars. 

- Bay Area Air Quality Management District's (BAAQMD) new Bay Area Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Ready website, a clearinghouse to assist PEV drivers, local governments, infrastructure providers, and PEV enthusiasts.

-  Charging Station Maps.

Ready, Set, Charge, California! A Guide to EV-Ready Communities that provides public agencies throughout California with guidance on how to advance community electric vehicle (EV) readiness.

Electric Vehicles: Implementing a Comprehensive EV Strategy for Healthy Communities & Economic Vitality through Zero- Emission Transportation in Marin Written by Jan Alff Wiegel, Dale Miller, and William Carney.  




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