Plug-in electric vehicles and emerging alternative fuels are promising technologies for reducing pollution and helping the region achieve emission reduction targets. As low-emission and hybrid cars become more popular, and renewable diesel becomes more widely available, we expect increasing adoption of next-generation alternatively fueled vehicles, including electric vehicles (EVs). To help support this trend, TAM has an Electric Vehicle/Alt Fuel Advisory Working Group, and sponsors or co-sponsors Drive Electric educational events throughout the county. We also support two EV programs for public agencies.
Looking towards the future
TAM is continually working to identify private, state and federal grant opportunities to enable Marin County’s cities, towns and agencies to install publicly accessible EV charging stations in the future.
Our partners include the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), Marin Clean Energy, Marin Transit, Marin’s sustainable community organizations, the Electric Vehicle Communities Alliance, the Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association (GGEVA), Charge Across Town, and others.
EV Fleet Rebate Program: Assists public agencies that replace internal combustion engine vehicles with electric (fuel cell and battery) 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). The CVRP program is currently pending re-authorization.
SMART Station EV Infrastructure Support: TAM has committed $35,000 for the design and installation of EV charging stations at the two Novato SMART Stations. The $35,000 in matching funds from TAM will help fund up to four EV charging stations at the SMART Hamilton parking site and one EV charging station at the San Marin/Atherton site. The work included installing the underground infrastructure, such as conduits and pull-boxes, and upsizing the electrical services.
Marin Transit Electric Buses: TAM committed $75,000 to support purchase of electric buses and associated infrastructure in Marin County to further efforts to reduce emissions, fuel consumption and support and promote a clean climate future. The allocation is expected to help attract additional grant funding from the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) program and other sources of alternative fuels funding to cover the cost difference between conventional and electric vehicles.
Marin Transit, in cooperation with Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD), purchased two electric buses in 2018, replacing existing buses that were scheduled for retirement. The buses are 35-foot models from the manufacturer, BYD. New charging infrastructure was installed at the GGBHTD yard in San Rafael.
The $75,000 matching funds from TAM supports these efforts by Marin Transit and GGBHTD.
TAM Alternative Fuel and Electric Vehicle Programs are funded by Measure B , Element 3.3, Alternative Fuels Infrastructure and Promotion.
The program is budgeted for $240,000 in FY 2017/2018 to support the incentive programs/rebate, SMART station infrastructure and electric bus pilot program matching funds and alternative fuel/electric vehicle outreach and education.