City of San Francisco EV Infrastructure Planning


With funding from the California Energy Commission, the city of San Francisco chose CSE to assist with accelerating the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) by developing a neighborhood-based approach to EV charging for residents of multi-unit dwellings (MUDs). For widespread EV adoption, the two-thirds of residents who lived in multifamily buildings needed access to convenient charging infrastructure in or near their homes.

CSE proposed EV charging solutions based on driver locations and charging infrastructure needs that were easy to install in MUD garages and parking lots. A study was used to determine areas with the highest potential for greater plug-in EV adoption resulting from increased charging availability. This project was part of San Francisco's efforts to reduce carbon emissions by more than 38 percent over 2010 levels by 2030.


Program at a Glance

Program Goals

Increase the potential for electric vehicle usage by deploying charging stations at multi-unit dwellings (MUDs) in the City of San Francisco.

CSE's Role

Develop implementation paths and processes for expanding EV charging opportunities for residents of MUDs


Electric Vehicles (EVs)
EV Charging Infrastructure

State Policies Supported

California 2016 ZEV Action Plan, Assembly Bill 8 (Perea)

Impact Statement

Addressing barriers and increasing access to EV charging opportunities at MUDs for private and shared vehicle drivers in the Bay Area