The Sacramento area is ready for electric vehicles

By Liz Salmi

Did you know the Sacramento region is consistently ranked as having the highest potential for drivers to embrace electric vehicles in the United States? It’s true—drivers in our area are primed and ready to embrace vehicles powered by alternative methods.

Bring on the electric cars

The Sacramento Area Council Governments (SACOG), the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the Sacramento Air Quality District, Valley Vision and Greenwise Joint Venture are collaborating to take advantage of our region’s propensity toward alternative vehicles.

With federal and state grant funding, SACOG is preparing a Plug-in Electric Vehicle Regional Strategic Plan to identify locations for electric vehicle charging stations to support drivers who have made the decision to go electric. Key components of this work include workforce development, training programs, public education and streamlining the permitting process.

Greenwise Joint Venture is facilitating monthly meetings of the 40-member Capital Area Plug-in Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council. Council members are sharing information about electric vehicle events and education, are participating in working groups, are listening to presentations from private sector companies in support of the electric highway, and learning from academics who are researching ways to promote electric vehicle adoption.

Interested in our progress? Join us

Plug-In Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the SACOG Board room at 1415 L Street, Suite 300, Sacramento.

Greenwise Joint Venture