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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.


Call to local artists: Submit qualifications to design art wraps at two curbside EV charging sites

The City of Sacramento's Department of Public Works and the Office of Arts + Culture, a division of the City's Convention and Cultural Services Department, invites artists to submit their qualifications to design vinyl wraps for two commission locations in midtown Sacramento, each with three curbside EV charging stations. The work is commissioned by EVgo in partnership with the City of Sacramento for the second curbside pilot project. The City is excited about this public-private partnership involving artists in City sustainability and innovation projects. 


The City hosted two open houses to discuss proposed Curbside charging projects

The City is authorizing EVgo, the selected charging station operator (chosen from the December 2018 request for proposals process, described below), to own and operate up to 15 chargers in the Downtown core at no-cost to the City. The contract with EVgo identifies minimum criteria for eligible site locations to ensure that future curbside charging projects would not conflict with other City projects or programs. Prior to development of the RFP, staff worked to identify site concerns and pre-screen streets with conflicts or potential conflicts for curbside chargers.

After careful consideration and collaboration, EVgo and City staff have identified two preferred sites in Downtown Sacramento located approximately at: (1) 14th and E Streets; (2) 22nd and J Streets.  The charging provider and SMUD have also reviewed each site to verify available electrical capacity. 

The City of Sacramento hosted two open houses to discuss the projects, solicit feedback, and answer questions:

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019
    • 5:00 - 7:00 pm
    • New City Hall: 915 I Street, Room 1119 (first floor)
  • Friday, September 20, 2019
    • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • New City Hall: 915 I Street, Room 1119 (first floor)

Curbside EV Charging: Open House Flyer



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. The City selected EVgo through the RFP process, and executed a contract with EVgo in late 2019 for the work. Accordingly, EVgo is currently operating as the exclusive operator of curbside charging in Sacramento.

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.