The SCAG (or Southern California) Clean Cities Coalition coordinates the activities of both private and public sector proponents of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) by providing a forum to discover commonalties, collaborate on public policy, investigate opportunities for joint projects, leverage scarce resources and cooperate on promoting the benefits of AFVs throughout the region.
AI-Based Mobility Monitoring System and Analytics Demonstration Project using Electric Vehicles
SCAG is partnering with The HORIBA Institute for Mobility and Connectivity (HIMaC) at the University of California Irvine (UCI) to research artificial intelligence (AI) and transportation energy efficiency in the City of Irvine. The researchers will be using 25 traffic intersections in the city to conduct their research. At these 25 intersections, researchers will install LiDAR sensors to better understand how AI can positively affect air quality, traffic, and safety. In addition to the 25 intersections, the project will use three fleets of vehicles to help their research. The data from these traffic intersections and vehicles will be used to create simulations to evaluate how these tools and systems can perform at a larger scale.
To participate in upcoming listening sessions about this project please contact Alison Linder, PhD, Clean Cities Coalition Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
For general broader inquiries about the project, contact Blake Lane, PhD email@example.com
Please review our factsheet with more information about this project.
Southern California Electric Vehicle Charging Station Study
The SCAG EVCSS was completed in February 2023. SCAG partnered with 18 cities within the SCAG region to help jurisdictions promote development and deployment of EV charging infrastructure to accelerate transportation electrification.
The study included tailored policy guidance to study partner cities; a regionwide Site Suitability Analysis to target areas for future EV charging infrastructure, with a focus on increasing EV infrastructure in traditionally underserved and hard-to-reach communities including multi-unit dwellings (MUDs) and Disadvantaged Communities (DACs); EV site evaluations; and a Passenger Electric Vehicle (PEV) Infrastructure Plan that informs on the need and tools available for cities to spur development of charging stations and support EV adoption across Southern California.
Additionally, SCAG hosted 22 listening sessions, a virtual meeting room, and 15 community events to engage with city stakeholders, industry experts, and local communities to raise project awareness, encourage EV adoption, and gather community stakeholder input. Through this study, SCAG also created educational brochures and guides for cities and property managers.
Study products and tools are available below to assist your community with Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure planning and you may view, download and share our informational brochure with your constituents.
This report explains the data and methods used to evaluate the potential of sites in the SCAG region to host Passenger Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS). Four scenarios were developed to evaluate site suitability; Baseline, Initiating, Progressing and Expanding. This report describes the assumptions, objectives and scoring adjustments for each scenario along with links to the datasets used. The results of this analysis can be found on the PEV Atlas.
|EV Policy Memo Template for Cities
|This memo offers a template that cities can use to determine their current progress to be fully complaint with California Assembly Bill (AB) 1236. AB 1236 requires cities to update and streamline EV charging station permitting requirements. The memo provides a checklist for compliance and best practices and offers additional information on best practices recommended by California’s 2019 Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBIZ) EV Charging Permitting Guidebook to further foster EV charger installations within a city. Additional resources, and an example of how a city may apply this template are available in the completed Policy Memo for the City of Covina.
|EV Policy Memo Example – City of Covina
This memo was prepared to assist the City of Covina with understanding its current progress to be fully complaint with California Assembly Bill (AB) 1236. This is a completed version of the Template Memo above and describes best practices recommended to further foster EV charger installations within the City. In addition, the appendix includes several useful examples including:
|A list of EV funding resources as of Feb 2023. For the most up to date info see the Alternative Fuels Data Center run by the US Department of Energy.
|Toolbox Tuesday Recording
|In December 2022, the results of this planning study were shared in a Toolbox Tuesday. The recording can be found HERE.
|Toolbox Tuesday Slidedeck
|In December 2022, the results of this planning study were shared in a Toolbox Tuesday. The slidedeck for that presentation can be found HERE
|Site Plan Template
|This template provides an approach to site planning and cost estimates for EV Station Development. Estimates and guidelines are taken from the California Building Codes.
|Site Plan Examples; City of Glendora
|Using the results of the Site Suitability Analysis and input from the city, conceptual site plans and estimates were developed for 5 sites in the City of Glendora. A completed version of the Site Plan Template above, can be used to approach site owners and share information about site planning needs for EV Charging installation.
|This guide was developed to assist cities in the SCAG region that are early in their EV journey better understand the broader EV landscape. It includes an overview of EV charging basics, funding for EV infrastructure, state requirements and design considerations, coordinating with utilities, local EV policy and procedures, and guidelines for successfully implementing electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS).
|This guide was developed to assist commercial, retail, and multiunit dwelling (MUD) property owners and managers within the SCAG region understand the benefits and considerations of installing EV charging stations (EVCS) at their facilities.
This plan provides a roadmap to spur development of charging stations and support EV adoption across Southern California. One of SCAG’s goals of this project was to identify where EVCS should be located to best serve EV drivers, with a particular focus on serving people that live in MUDs, DACs, or other hard to reach segments. This plan serves as a final report for this study and describes results of study outreach and analysis, the expected demand for charging, and tools and guidance for cities to reach these goals.
AB1236 requires cities and counties in California to formally establish a streamlined permitting process for electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) construction by September 30, 2017. As the sales of electric vehicles (EV) increase, the State views the implementation and adoption of EV infrastructure as not only a local issue but a statewide goal.
Check to see if your city is permit streamlined.
Innovations In Clean Transit Webinar Series
Innovations in Clean Transit is a SCAG Clean Cities webinar series that showcases how Southern California transit agencies are going zero emission. With technologies and strategies like electric buses & charging infrastructure, hydrogen fueling stations, workforce reskilling, and public-private partnerships, clean transportation is a destination that has many possible routes.
Pathways to Clean Vehicle Technology and Alternative Fuels Implementation in San Bernardino County
This project looked at the vehicle-based portion of achieving GHG reduction goals and attaining criteria pollutant standards in the South Coast Air Basin, with a focus on San Bernardino County. Strategies for achieving these objectives differ in terms of their technological feasibility, emission reduction cost effectiveness, applicability to different segments of the vehicle population, infrastructure requirements, local economic benefits, and other factors. Given all these parameters, what is the optimal path forward?
The project also identified appropriate implementation strategies for local and regional agencies seeking to advance the penetration of clean vehicles and fuels.
The Southern California Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Atlas includes maps, charts, and data at the subregional level, to illustrate factors that influence demand for charging equipment at specific locations. It contains 198 pages of maps, charts, and data at the subregional and Council of Government-level that illustrate factors that influence demand for charging equipment at specific locations.