EV Charging Station Master Plan, South San Francisco, CA

South San Francisco's Public Works Department turned to DKS seeking a masterplan to guide deployment of new electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

In January 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed Executive Order B-48-18 targeting 5 million zero emission vehicles, a third of all cars and trucks in the state by 2030. Eager to do his part to reduce emissions, Mike Futrell, City Manager of South San Francisco envisioned electrifying the City’s motor pool, but the City had no way to charge  electric vehicles. To address this challenge, the City’s Public Works Department turned to DKS seeking a masterplan to guide deployment of new charging infrastructure.

California is by far the strongest electric vehicle market in the Nation. In January 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed Executive Order B-48-18 targeting 5 million zero emission vehicles, a third of all cars and trucks in the state by 2030. Eager to do his part to reduce emissions, Mike Futrell, City Manager of South San Francisco envisioned electrifying the City’s motor pool, but the City had no way to charge electric vehicles. To address this challenge, the City’s Public Works Department turned to DKS seeking a masterplan to guide deployment of new charging infrastructure.

In an initial working session convened by DKS with representatives from the City’s Planning, Facilities and Parks Divisions as well as the Fire Department, it became clear that City staff also sought guidance on providing charging for City employees at City work sites as well as support for expanded charging opportunities for the general public through guidance and regulatory updates. Of course the costs for new electric vehicle chargers including design, purchase, installation and maintenance can be a considerable obstacle for cities like South San Francisco with limited capital budgets.

In developing the masterplan, DKS’ planners Mike Usen and Jose Palma explored numerous potential funding sources including grants, sponsorships and in-kind contributions, overlaying the City’s site-specific EV charging needs with the program requirements of each potential contributor. The resulting plan based on a hierarchy of logistical, economic, technical, and political priorities will electrify virtually all of the City’s worksites and public parking facilities, nearly doubling the total number of EV chargers in the city from 90 to over 170.

The first two phases of the plan consist of 46 new or replaced level 2 chargers plus 3 or 4 150-350kW High Power chargers at three City-owned sites. All but two of these chargers would be mostly or fully funded by PG&E and EVgo. “We were hopeful that this masterplan would assist the City’s future grant applications to fund some of the City’s EV charging needs” stated Matthew Ruble, the City’s project manager, “but we never expected the plan would leverage nearly $1.5 M in EV infrastructure, a return of over 15 times our total investment for consulting and infrastructure.” Future implementation phases hopefully subsidized by Electrify America, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and Tesla are expected to add even more charging sites at community and senior centers, parks, libraries and public parking lots around the city, further expanding the City’s electrification goals while increasing the return on investment.

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