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ELECTRIC CARS & HOMES: WORKSHOP ON BUYING, USING AND INCREASING ACCESS TO CLEAN ENERGY AND EVS
RSVP online to reserve a space for August 22 workshop

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, August 07, 2019) - Come learn about electric cars, switching from gas to electric appliances at home and the city's efforts to increase access to clean energy for every household.

At an August 22 workshop you can learn about electric cars and give input on the City's efforts to develop an electricity mobility roadmap to increase access to electric vehicles and clean energy.

During the workshop, presenters will discuss common questions people have before buying an electric car:

  • 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?

Come join us:

Ride Electric All the Way Home 
August 22, 6-8pm
Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St, Berkeley
See meeting details and RSVP online

Additionally, the workshop will provide resources to help make your home a clean energy home. Learn about home electrification, clean energy available through East Bay Community Energy, Bay Area SunShares solar bulk discount program, and more.

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, various programs  help reduce the 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 Berkeley Climate Action Coalition, and the Ecology Center and 350 Bay Area, two non-profit organizations that are tackling climate change, to host this workshop. The workshop 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. 

By walking, biking and electrifying our transportation - cars, scooters, buses, shuttles, and more - we can tackle the largest source of our greenhouse gas emissions, while improving air quality and health for all. 

Join us on August 22. Explore how electric cars can help you save money, improve your commute, and fight climate change, and help envision the future of a Berkeley that's powered more by cleaner energy.

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