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EV planning efforts


The City is working to create a holistic mobility system that enables all residents, including low-income and disadvantaged community residents, to get where they need to go in the cleanest way possible.  This means creating a range of different mobility options that both reduce vehicle trips and ensure the vehicle trips that do occur are zero emission wherever possible.  Infused throughout City work is:

  • A strong focus on access for low-income and disadvantaged community residents;
  • Creating ladders of opportunity in the space of advanced transportation technologies; and
  • Strengthening Sacramento’s position as a hub for the development and deployment of clean transportation. 


Electric Vehicle Ready Communities Phase II- Blueprint Implementation

In 2021, the City of Sacramento was chosen to receive a $1.8 million grant to bring electric-vehicle programs to community centers and libraries, giving a boost to Sacramento’s goal of becoming the “zero-emission vehicle capital of California.” When combined with match funds, the project will invest nearly $3 million into Sacramento neighborhoods. The grant, provided by the California Energy Commission, a State policy and planning agency, will fund the electric-vehicle-charger installation, car- and bike-share programs and public art.

The grant includes partnership between the City of Sacramento, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District, UC Davis Institute of Traffic Studies, and more. It's goals include increasing EV accessibility and zero-emission options (with focus in disadvantaged communities), including installation of public chargers at 15 community centers and libraries, as well as a pilot program for e-bikes for loan at public libraries, EV job training for California Conservation Corps members, and analysis of effective methods for EV adoption in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Through 2024, the EV Blueprint Implementation project will increase public charging infrastructure at community facing facilities; build relationships and implement highly localized outreach, education, and engagement activities around zero-emissions transportation access; increase equity and address frontline community needs with ZEV technologies; and identify and test technologies, partnership models, programs, and processes that can serve as templates for other entities to approach similar mobility issues. 

Read the EV Blueprint Implementation Scope of Work


Electric Vehicle Strategy 2-Year Progress Report, July 2020

The City released its first EV Strategy progress report in the summer of 2020, presenting a two-year update on status and accomplishments in 2018 and 2019 since adoption of the City’s first EV Strategy.  

As highlighted in the report, Sacramento’s significant progress towards EV Strategy goals builds from local leadership and expertise, supplemented by strong, collaborative partnerships. The report highlights the range of public and private partnerships and significant milestones achieved to date, including the launch of two new all-electric car share programs with more than 300 EVs successfully operating in the City, an expansion of City-owned EV charging infrastructure, growth in the City’s EV fleet, and a dramatic increase in public incentives, education and outreach. The City has sustained momentum towards EV Strategy goals while creating a platform for broader public and private investment.

Read the July 2020 Electric Vehicle Strategy 2-Year Progress Report: Implementation Highlights & Accomplishments


ev blueprint

The City of Sacramento was a proud award recipient of the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Phase 1 Electric Vehicle (EV) Ready Communities Challenge. The City was one of nine statewide awardees, and one of only three awardees in the Central Valley. Using this grant funding, the City worked with consultants to develop updated data and actionable EV blueprint planning tools to further implement the City’s EV Strategy and align with local and state EV goals. The project was completed in summer 2019. This effort:

  • Built on the early, collaborative EV planning efforts led by the City with regional partners
  • Conducted technical work to develop recommended siting and prototypes for community-wide EV charging infrastructure
  • Conducted community engagement that involved key community-based organizations and partners, with a focus on disadvantaged and underserved communities
  • Developed work products to equip the City for implementation of EV-related mobility initiatives and maximization of economic benefits, including evaluation of early pilots in Sacramento, and analysis of EV infrastructure service models and best practices for local hire and workforce development
  • Prepared the City to compete for future funding solicitations and implement the City’s adopted EV goals

Please note: The Blueprint itself was not designed to be a standalone visionary document, but rather a body of work that built upon the strong foundation established through the EV Strategy and regional efforts. Deliverables from the EV Blueprint provided a multitude of recommendations and options that the City could potentially pursue with Phase 2 implementation funds intended to advance EV access and adoption. Information provided in the deliverables does not represent finalized approaches, but rather recommendations and thinking at time of task submission. The City's EV initiatives are dynamic and evolving and therefore not all ideas presented through this work represent a final or adopted approach by the City.



On December 12, 2017 the Sacramento City Council approved the City’s EV Strategy. This was the City’s first strategic action plan for EV and other zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) initiatives. The actions within the Strategy outline the trajectory for zero-emission mobility and will be initiated by 2020, with full implementation by 2025. The Strategy seeks to spur the use of ZEVs by calling for outreach programs, expanded charging infrastructure, new incentives and other activities. It was developed in response to a July 18, 2017 resolution adopted by the Sacramento City Council directing staff to prepare an EV strategy and implement priority EV initiatives. It was further informed through community and stakeholder engagement prior to final adoption.

Read the final 2017 EV Strategy.

Additional EV Strategy Materials


Sacramento area pev collaborative

The City of Sacramento is a participating agency in the Sacramento Area plug-in EV (PEV) Collaborative. In a 2017 effort led by County of Sacramento and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), the Collaborative conducted a countywide EV readiness and infrastructure planning effort. The Collaborative consists of a group of public agencies, non-profits, and stakeholders with the goal of ensuring that adequate charging infrastructure is in place to meet the deployment of EVs and support growing demand by EV drivers in the region.

Outcomes of the 2017 effort include: