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EV 101: WORKSHOPS ON BUYING, USING ELECTRIC VEHICLES
RSVP online to reserve a space for June 23 or 25

Berkeley, California (Thursday, June 13, 2019) - Come out to a workshop to learn about electric cars, which are fun to drive, reduce carbon emissions, go farther than ever on a charge, and offer options for every budget and commute.

At these workshops, which we're calling EV 101, presenters will discuss a wide variety of issues that people grapple with:

  • How far do various vehicles on the market go?
  • How do I charge my vehicle at home or when on the go?
  • What rebates and incentives are there?
  • Is it better to buy or lease?
  • What programs help lower income households to purchase, lease, and finance electric vehicles and install home charging stations?

We'll give tips for finding the right plug-in car for your lifestyle, and we'll have plenty of time for questions. See the details and please RSVP online to reserve a space.

 EV 101 Workshops 
 Ecology Center Classroom
 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 
   Sunday, June 23, 11am-12:30pm 
•   Tuesday, June 25, 6pm-7:30pm 
Please RSVP online - space is limited

Transportation accounts for 41% of greenhouse gases statewide - the single largest contributor - and made up 60% of Berkeley's emissions in 2016.

Reducing the carbon impact of vehicles primarily requires reducing car trips. Strategies include having denser housing near transit, improving access to transit through programs like bike share, and designing roads to better protect bicyclists and pedestrians.

For those who have to drive, electric vehicles help our climate and local air pollution because they have no tailpipe emissions. Increasing electric vehicle use is a key strategy of Berkeley's voter-inspired Climate Action Plan, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. 

For lower income drivers, there are a variety of programs to help reduce the upfront costs of buying or leasing a new or used plug-in or hybrid car. The CA State Clean Vehicle Assistance Program,  Community Housing Development Corporation Transportation Program, and the Clean Cars for All program offer grants, financing, and help with installing home charging stations.

The City of Berkeley supports electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles by offering streamlined, online permitting for home charging stations, a pilot program that allows residents without off-street parking to install curbside stations adjacent to their homes, resources for businesses interested in electric vehicle charging, and public charging stations at the Berkeley Marina, West Branch Berkeley Library, Oxford Garage, Telegraph/Channing Garage, and the newly renovated Center Street Garage.  Additionally, the City is developing an Electric Mobility Roadmap, a plan to increase equitable access to EVs and other forms of electrified transportation.

The City is partnering with the Ecology Center and 350 Bay Area, two non-profit organizations that are tackling climate change, to deliver the EV 101 workshops. The EV 101 program supports the City of Berkeley's Strategic Plan goal of being a global leader in addressing climate change, advancing environmental justice, and protecting the environment. 

Join us at an EV 101 workshop on June 23 or 25. Explore how electric cars can help you save money, improve your commute, and fight climate change.

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