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North Coast Plug-in Electric Vehicle Project

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority recently launched the North Coast Plug-in Electric Vehicle Project.  Funded by the California Energy Commission and in partnership with Humboldt State University's Schatz Energy Research Center, GHD and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the goal of the project is to create a coordinated effort throughout the Humboldt Bay region and greater North Coast that supports the successful introduction of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and the development of a strong PEV market.  The commercial introduction of PEVs into California has begun and is quickly gaining momentum.  The Humboldt Bay region has been anticipating the rollout of PEVs and is poised to become a model of successful PEV market development for other rural communities.


Background

One of the findings to come out of recent studies completed under the RePower Humboldt project is that electric vehicles are likely to play a key role in enabling the cost-effective, large-scale development of local renewable energy resources.  However there are a variety of unique challenges to increasing the number of PEVs in Humboldt County.  The detailed research, analysis, planning and policy work that will be completed for this project will identify these challenges and provide a path for the community to overcome them.

Specific project tasks include:

  • Identifying optimal locations for charging infrastructure at sites including public parking areas, commercial properties, highway corridors and workplaces
  • Determining investment requirements to meet the local community’s needs as PEV adoption increases
  • Utilize planning data and studies, as well as locally-customized projections of PEV adoption, to support phased development of charging infrastructure
  • Facilitate PEV adoption in private and public fleets
  • Estimate energy-cost savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions from regional PEV use
  • Share lessons-learned and best practices with other regions for PEV infrastructure permitting, installation, deployment, maintenance and inspection
  • Provide education and outreach to the community on the benefits of PEVs.

Plug-in Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council

The Project is being facilitated through a regional Plug-in Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council (PEVCC).  The PEVCC is made up of a diverse group of local stakeholders including City and County governments and local government Joint Powers Authorities, along with utility, educational, technical, and business partners.  The mission statement of the PEVCC is:

The members of the North Coast PEVCC will work together to promote and accelerate the acceptance and use of PEV technology as a key strategy for cost-effectively utilizing the full potential of our region’s abundant renewable energy resources to meet our community’s transportation energy needs.

The PEVCC is coordinated by the Redwood Coast Energy Authority and will be used to maintain clear and consistent communication amongst all local stakeholders and establish a permanent framework for ongoing regional PEV promotional efforts, including implementation of a readiness plan and strategies.

PEVCC Meeting Minutes

Resources

Commercially Available Electric Vehicles
Compare and watch videos of commercially available electric vehicles at fueleconomy.gov.

New Electric Vehicle Dealerships within Humboldt County

Opie's Chevrolet and Buick
Northwood Chevrolet

Harper Motors
Mid-City Honda
McCrea Nissan
Mid-City Toyota

Local Utility Rate and Charging Information
Learn about plug-in electric vehicle charging options at your home or business within the Pacific Gas and Electric Company service area at pge.com/electricvehicles/.

Alternative Fuels Data Center

Information  from the Department of Energy about alternative fuels, locations of alternative fueling stations, and Federal and State alternative fuels laws and incentives at afdc.energy.gov/fuels/.

Clean Cities
A national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies.

Electric Vehicle Safety Information
Online electric vehicle emergency response safety training and print resources from the National Fire Protection Association at evsafetytraining.org.


Plug-in Electric Vehicle Handbook for Fleet Managers
A plug-in electric vehicle guide for fleet managers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program.  The handbook covers maintenance, safety and emissions information on plug-in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, benefits, purchasing considerations, and more.

Public Charging

Redwood Coast Energy Authority Charging Network
We are currently the local administrator for two plug-in electric vehicle charging stations and will add others as the planned network grows.  Click here for the press release.


Below is a map of proposed additions to the charging network for 2016:


North Coast Plug Large Map

Find public charging stations using the the following online locators:


U.S. Department of Energy

Plug Share

Car Stations

evmaps
Clean Fuel Connections

Note: Not all websites may list all types of chargers or represent the most current information. Be sure to cross-check charger locations with multiple locator services, or by contacting the charging host site directly.