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The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

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ACCELERATE YOUR ZERO-EMISSION JOURNEY WITH FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS ABOUT ELECTRIC CARS
Get useful information whether you are considering an electric car or already own one

Berkeley, California (Friday, February 19, 2021) - Get help navigating your first electric car purchase at a series of free webinars in March.

For those consider making the switch, an introductory workshop covers the basics of electric cars, which go farther than ever on a charge and offer options for every budget and commute. A workshop for new owners offers help navigating charging options for your new vehicle and claiming available rebates and incentives.

Electric cars have significant environmental, economic, and political impacts: these vehicles reduce emissions as well as dependence on foreign oil. Today's electric cars offer significant range, options for every budget, and the convenience of charging at home, work, or on the road.

Free online workshops held weekly in March

Hear from the experts, learn about preferred pricing programs, and get your questions answered at weekly webinars in March hosted by Drive Clean Bay Area and co-sponsored by the City.

Electric Cars 101

The workshop is intended to help you find the right plug-in car for your lifestyle. Presenters will cover:

  • the variety of new and used vehicles on the market
  • home, workplace and public charging
  • rebates and incentives
  • programs for income qualified drivers

Sign up online to attend at any of three scheduled dates: Tuesday, March 16 at 7pm, Wednesday, March 24 at 12pm, and Monday, March 29 at 5pm.

Electric Cars 102

New electric vehicle owners can learn how to get the most out of their vehicles at “Electric Vehicles 102,” which will cover:

  • claiming rebates and incentives
  • home, workplace and public charging
  • switching to clean energy and electric vehicle rate plans to save you money

This workshop will be held on Zoom Monday, March 8, 7pm. Register online.

Both the 101 and 102 workshops will offer plenty of time for questions.

Tax credit and rebates make electric vehicles more affordable

A federal tax credit and State of California rebates make electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids more affordable to purchase or lease. For income qualified drivers, various programs help further reduce the costs of buying or leasing a new or used plug-in or hybrid car through grants, financing, and help with installing home charging stations.

Electric vehicles are key to meeting climate goals

Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gases locally, statewide, and nationally. Reducing the carbon impact of vehicles primarily requires reducing car trips, which Berkeley supports through a variety of strategies, including improving access to transit with programs like bike share and one-way vehicle-share.

The City's Electric Mobility Roadmap identifies goals to create a fossil fuel-free transportation system that also supports walking, biking, and public transportation, and ensures equitable access to the benefits of clean transportation.

For those who have to drive, electric vehicles, with zero tailpipe emissions, help our climate and improve local air quality. Increasing electric vehicle use is a key strategy of Berkeley's Climate Action Plan, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, and supports the City's Strategic Plan goal to "be a global leader in addressing climate change, advancing environmental justice, and protecting the environment."

Sign up for an Electric Cars 101 or 102 workshop to explore how electric cars can help you save money, improve your commute, clean the air, and fight climate change.

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