Alternative Fuels & Vehicles


PEV Toyota ImageIn 2012, the Southern California Association of Governments led a collaborative process to prepare Southern California for the anticipated influx of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in the region, which could be as high as 700,000 by 2022 according to SCAG research. PEVs will reduce air pollution, decrease our dependency on foreign oil and attract green businesses to Southern California. SCAG included PEV-related actions and strategies in the 2012–2035 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) to support and expand this effort.

Since then SCAG has continued to collaborate with regional partners to secure planning and implementation funding to build out the regional PEV charging network. In Spring 2015, SCAG was awarded a grant to continue planning and outreach related to the challenges of retrofitting existing multi-family housing buildings with charging stations. In addition, SCAG is updating and refining growth projections for PEVs and including growth projections for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles. These figures will inform policies under development as part of the 2016-2040 RTP/SCS.

Below you will find resources to address challenges facing building developers, elected officials, government planners and everyday EV owners.

Related Links & Resources

Regional Clean Cities Coalitions

Coachella Valley Clean Cities 
City of Long Beach Clean Cities Coalition 
LA City Clean Cities 
Western Riverside Clean Cities 

California Air Resources Board

Drive Clean Buying Guide 
Electric Drive Transportation Association 

Other Resources

​Center for Sustainable Energy California 
​Electric Auto Association 
​Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
​Plug-in America 
​Recargo Plug Share Station Finder  
​So Cal EV 
​U.S. Department of Energy 


Southern California PEV Readiness Plan

Southern California PEV Readiness Plan Cover ImageIn June 2011, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and SCAG, in conjunction with their regional partners, applied for two plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) readiness grants and were successful in both applications. The first grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, resulted in the development of six regional PEV readiness plans throughout the state of California, including one for Southern California.


Southern California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Atlas

Includes maps, charts, and data at the subregional level, to illustrate factors that influence demand for charging equipment at specific locations. The Southern California Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Atlas contains 175 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.