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Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD)
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Electric Vehicles

NEW! Please review the City of Berkeley's Draft Electric Mobility Roadmap and share your thoughts by November 15, 2019, using this Comment Form or by emailing

The Draft Roadmap identifies goals, strategies, and actions to create a fossil fuel-free transportation system that integrates with and supports the City’s ongoing efforts to increase walking, biking, and public transportation use in the City, and ensures equitable access to the benefits of clean transportation. The goals include:

  • Ensure Equity in Access to Electric Mobility
  • Improve Alternatives to Driving
  • Achieve Zero Net Carbon Emissions
  • Demonstrate City Leadership

The Draft compiles information from a public survey on travel needs and clean transportation options, stakeholder interviews and workshops, and feedback from Berkeley Commissioners and the general public at presentations in July, August, and September. Additional feedback is welcomed to further refine the Roadmap before it is taken to Berkeley City Council in early 2020.  

A plug-in EV operates partially or exclusively on electricity from an on-board battery and can be plugged in to recharge the battery. The City of Berkeley is working to make it easier to drive and charge an EV in our community, as EVs provide many benefits, including better air quality and reduced emissions.

Transitioning the automotive transportation sector to electricity, and continuing to clean the electrical supply with renewable sources such as solar energy, is an important component of achieving our community's ambitious Climate Action Plan goals. Driving an EV eliminates tailpipe emissions and powering the car with 100% carbon-free electricity, available from East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), our local energy supplier, can also eliminate the associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Public Charging - Websites that map EV charging stations:

Home Charging - Most EV charging occurs at home, either with Level 1 (120 volt) or Level 2 (240 volt) charging. Resources for residents:

Non-Residential Charging - The City of Berkeley encourages businesses and other non-residential buildings to install charging stations for employee, customer, and public use:

Other Resources

Additional Resources for Lower Income Drivers

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