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August 11, 2010

San Francisco Bay Area Gets $5 Million for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) in San Francisco on August 5 approved $5 million in funding for further development of a regional electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure program in the Bay Area. The stations and home chargers are part of the BAAQMD's "Spare the Air" program, designed to make owning EVs viable in the Bay Area.

The program will leverage the funds to support EV charging infrastructure grants that cover 3,000 home chargers at single family and multi-family dwellings. The grants also will supply 2,000 public chargers at employer and high-density parking areas as well as 50 fast chargers near highways. According to the BAAQMD, which covers nine counties, transportation accounts for more than half the air pollution in the region. See the (BAAQMD press release) and the BAAQMD Web site.