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New SF ordinance eases charging challenge for electric vehicle owners

San Francisco supervisors passed an ordinance Tuesday requiring installation of electric vehicle charging stations in approximately 300 commercial parking lots and garages.

The ordinance requires that owners of parking lots and garages with more than 100 parking spaces install Level 2 charging stations in at least 10 percent of their spaces by 2023. Parking lot operators can instead choose to install 480-volt DC fast charging stations — a parking lot or garage with 101 to 749 parking spaces would be required to provide at least two.

The new requirement will add thousands to the 750 charging stations currently available in The City.

Mayor London Breed, who cosponsored the ordinance with Supervisor Aaron Peskin, said that reducing reliance on gas-powered vehicles is an important step in The City meeting its goal to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The mayor recognizes that although some people are unable to transition to an electric vehicle, the additional charging stations will make it easier for drivers considering the option.

Breed said:

“We know there will still be some people who will continue to have their own car, and for those people we want to make it as convenient as possible for them to transition to an electric vehicle. Even as the Trump administration threatens to revoke California’s emissions waiver under the Clean Air Act, we continue to do our part to reduce emissions and clean our air.”

Godofredo Vasquez/SFBay San Francisco, Calif. is considering legislation that would require approximately 300 privately-owned parking lots and garages to convert 10 percent of available space to Level 2 charging stations for electric vehicles.

As of October 2018, 10,500 people registered as electric vehicle owners. Department officials expect that figure to at least double this year.

Debbie Raphael, director of the Department of Environment said in a statement:

“By making charging more readily accessible, we will promote even greater EV adoption, which will reduce emissions, improve air quality, lower asthma rates, and create a more livable city for all.”

City officials are currently reviewing proposals to install electric vehicle charging stations in 38 city-owned parking structures.

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