Electric Vehicles

San Diego County board approves electric vehicle roadmap

The San Diego, Calif., County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 16 approved an electric vehicle roadmap that puts the county on a path to meet state vehicle and charging infrastructure goals in the next decade.

The roadmap is aimed at building out electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the County’s unincorporated area and encouraging EV ownership among residents.

The roadmap identified specific 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

Plan calls for installation of 3,000 publicly accessible EV charging stations

Under the plan presented to the board on Oct. 16, 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 State of California has outlined a goal to increase EV ownership in the San Diego County region to more than 449,000 vehicles by 2030. There are currently about 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.