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Curbside Charging

Sacramento is working to remove barriers to EV access and encourage residents to drive EVs. The City is also supporting employees and visitors charging in Sacramento throughout the day. With a high concentration of employees and multi-family housing in the Central City, allowing on-street EV charging “curbside” in the public right-of-way can support a more diverse array of EV drivers. Highly-visible curbside chargers can provide charging in dense areas of downtown where charging options are limited, and for residents without a garage or dedicated off-street parking.


On December7, 2018 the City of Sacramento released a request for proposals (RFP) for a Curbside EV Charging Pilot. The RFP calls for proposals from operators that would install, own, and operate an initial deployment of 15 curbside chargers in the right of way at no cost to the City, with chargers to be operational by late 2019.

The RFP also requests recommendations for additional installations in a second phase, based on results from the initial phase. Proposals are due January 18, 2019. The RFP is available via the City’s PlanetBids website (Bid #: P19151131015) online

The RFP was developed with a map to help identify potential sites for curbside charging, for further consideration in RFP responses.

Map: Streets with Potential for Curbside Charging

NOTE: The map does not identify approved sites, but shows potential locations based on available data such as suitable parking time regulations, and planned roadway improvements. The City will further evaluate potential sites with the successful proposer. The project will include community engagement to seek feedback on proposed sites for EV charging infrastructure.


On June 14, 2018, the Department of Public Works (DPW) released draft policy guidance for permitting curbside charging in the right-of-way. This guidance included proposed terms, conditions, and procedures for public and private entities to install, operate, and maintain Level 2 and DC Fast Charging EV supply equipment (EVSE) on-street in the public right-of-way. The City will confirm next steps for the curbside charging program based on outcomes of the December 2018 RFP (see above for more information).

Review the June 2018 Public Draft Materials for the Curbside EV Charging Pilot: 


In partnership with the City, EVgo is developing up to six chargers and ten designated EV parking spaces in the public right-of-way at Southside Park. All work will be completed at no cost to the City. The new chargers will be 150-kilowatt (kW) high-power DC fast chargers, a new generation of technology that can provide up to 240-mile range in as few as 20 to 30 minutes. The EVgo chargers will be available as a paid service for EV drivers. These will be the first “curbside” chargers in Sacramento, and an innovative demonstration as one of the first high power charging stations in California. Chargers are anticipated to be operational by late January 2019.


If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Jennifer Venema, Sustainability Manager, at (916) 808-1859.