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Curbside Charging

EVgo curbside chargers at Southside Park

Sacramento is working to remove barriers to Electric Vehicle (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.


Throughout 2018, the City of Sacramento continued to explore curbside EV charging with a range of stakeholders which led to the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) in December 2018 via the City’s PlanetBids website for a second Curbside EV Charging Pilot (“Pilot”). The RFP called for proposals from operators that would install, own, and operate an initial deployment of up to 15 curbside chargers in the right of way at no cost to the City, with chargers to be operational by late 2019. The City chose to pursue a no-cost RFP to select a competitive vendor(s) that could successfully operate EV chargers without public investment, with the intent to demonstrate a financially sustainable model for curbside charging. As of April 2019, contract negotiations are currently in progress.

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.


In June 2017, under Sacramento’s Demonstration Partnerships Policy (Resolution 2017-0150), the City entered into an agreement with EVgo, an EV charging station operator, to construct and operate the City’s first curbside EV charging partnership in order to test, evaluate, and demonstrate the feasibility of curbside EV charging. As a result, EVgo is currently in the process of installing three 150-kilowatt (kW) high-power charging stations and three 50-kW direct current fast chargers (DCFC) at Southside Park. These chargers represent a new generation of technology that can provide up to 240-mile range in as few as 20 to 30 minutes and will be available as a paid service for EV drivers. The six curbside EV chargers are now available for public use. 

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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 curbside charging pilots (see above for more information).

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

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