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New site helps, educates California EV owners

A new Web site, Bay Area Plug-In Electric Vehicle Ready, provides up-to-date and accurate information on owning an electric vehicle in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Public vehicle charging stations

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) launched a site dedicated to the education of current and prospective electric vehicle owners in the San Francisco Bay Area. The site, called Bay Area PEV Ready, aggregates information useful to those electric vehicle owners.

For new buyers, the BAAQMD offers help to offset the high initial cost of owning an electric vehicle. Through available public funds, BAAQMD gives out grants to owners to help install charging stations at home. For those existing owners, the BAAQMD is fighting to secure more public EV charging stations. Already BAAQMD has allocated more than $6.3 million in funding to develop the charging infrastructure in the Bay Area to support widespread EV use. That funding will pay for installation of more than 50 DC fast chargers and 250 Level 2 charging stations in public locations throughout the region, and will provide rebates for installation of 3,000 Level 2 home charging stations.

"There is a lot of information out there about plug-in electric vehicles but it is often difficult to navigate," said Jack Broadbent, the Air District's executive officer. "This new Web site puts all the Bay Area electric vehicle information in one place for current owners and buyers."

The San Francisco Bay Area ranks as the highest in PEV sales, making resources such as this extremely valuable.