Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) offer great emissions benefits and can enhance the quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley. Empowering local governments to become ready for PEVs is important for the San Joaquin Valley to meet greenhouse gas goals set by the State of California and help reach attainment of federal air quality standards. The San Joaquin Valley Regional PEV Readiness Plan identifies barriers that affect the widespread deployment of electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) in the region and provides strategies through best practices and educational materials to overcome those hurdles.
To increase zero-emission and clean vehicle awareness and deployment, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the Center for Sustainable Energy launched Valley Takes Charge! to implement PEV awareness and training programs in the San Joaquin Valley as identified in the readiness plan. Funded by the California Energy Commission, this project will empower local governments by raising awareness of PEVs and their benefits with decision-makers, providing targeted training and toolkits for local governments to be PEV ready, and training local electricians to be ready to meet the increasing demand of EVCS installations.