Environment

County Approves Electric Vehicle Roadmap

electric vehicle charging station
An electric vehicle charging station at the County Administration Center. Supervisors approved a plan to greatly expand the number of EV charging stations at County facilities and the unincorporated area.

The County Board of Supervisors took significant steps Wednesday to build out electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the County’s unincorporated area and encourage electric vehicle (EV) ownership among residents. The board approved a roadmap that puts the County on a path to meet state vehicle and charging infrastructure goals in the next decade.

The roadmap identified six ways to invest in EV technology, including:

  • Installing EV charging stations at County facilities that are accessible to the public
  • Building out the electric charging infrastructure in the unincorporated area
  • Collaborating with regional partners to encourage that they buy and use more EVs
  • Replacing more than 500 existing gas-powered County vehicles with EVs by 2027

“I think this roadmap gets the County moving in a positive direction with a specific set of goals,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. “The County can come out and frame an environment around charging stations and locations and there are tremendous opportunities to partner with other jurisdictions and as a region get folks moving in the same direction.”

The State of California has outlined a goal to increase EV ownership in our region to more than 449,000 vehicles by 2030. Right now, there are approximately 35,000 EVs on the road in the region.

The state’s plan also outlines requirements to install nearly 20,000 publicly accessible EV charging stations in the county by 2030. There are currently 1,741 such stations available across the San Diego region.

Under the plan presented to the board Wednesday, the County will partner with private and public entities to install 3,000 publicly accessible EV charging stations in the unincorporated area by 2030. Among those stations will be 100 EV chargers at seven County facilities across San Diego County.

The County will also make significant investments in its own fleet, adding a total of 501 electric vehicles by fiscal year 2026-27. Once the upgrades are made, this will represent more than 10% of the County’s entire fleet.

The roadmap builds on existing local programs, including the County’s Climate Action Plan and Green Fleet Action Plan. The Climate Action Plan, which was approved by the Board in February 2018, includes targets to reduce the County’s fleet emissions by 20% and install 2,040 publicly accessible EV chargers by 2030.

Katie White is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact