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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 Downtown, 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 for residents without a garage or dedicated off-street parking, while also supporting the needs of Sacramento’s workforce. 

On July 17, 2017, the Sacramento City Council approved an agreement with EVgo for the first curbside charging project for Sacramento. Through this pilot effort, the City is developing guidance for future curbside charger installations. The guidance is anticipated for release by late 2017. 


On June 14, 2018, the Department of Public Works (DPW) released draft policy guidance for the Curbside EV Charging Pilot Program. This guidance includes key 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. DPW is launching this initiative as a pilot for an initial trial period. The intent of the pilot period is to test the viability, utilization, and appropriate models for curbside EVSE as a tool to achieve the City’s EV adoption goals. Results from the trial period will inform the City’s next steps for the program.

The guidance is currently available for public review and comment. DPW staff will be engaging with stakeholders and community groups in June and July 2018 to solicit feedback. Following stakeholder input, DPW staff will present the recommended guidance to City Council for authorization. For more information or to discuss, please contact Jennifer Venema, Sustainability Manager, at (916) 808-1859.

Anticipated 2018 Timeline:

  • June: Draft guidance out for public review
  • June – early August: City continues to vet guidance and engage with stakeholders
  • Mid-late August: City provides updates and clarifications to guidance
  • September: Begin accepting program applications

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. 

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