Electric Mobility in San Francisco
The transportation sector's reliance on fossil fuels makes the sector the city’s largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and criteria air pollutants. Along with mode shift away from single occupancy vehicles towards transit, walking and bicycling, strategic electrification of the transportation sector has the potential to reduce harmful emissions and air pollution. Achievement of these reductions depends, in part, on the electrification of private vehicles by establishing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure network that is responsive to current and future demands, ensures consistency with key policies such as Transit First and public health and safety policies while providing equitable access across the city.
The vision for electric mobility projects is simple— help to advance San Francisco's vision of diverse and thriving neighborhoods seamlessly connected by safe, reliable, affordable transportation for all. Ideally, electric mobility projects will include collaboration opportunities to support a diversity of mobility options— particularly those that do not induce or generate new vehicle miles, prioritize equitable access, complement low-carbon modes of travel, integrate with facilities uses and demands, and enhance public safety and security.
In 2019, San Francisco published an EV Roadmap which outlines San Francisco's goal to make transportation 100% emissions-free by 2040 and the steps needed to get there. More information on the city's electric vehicle charging efforts is at the San Francisco Department of the Environment Electric Mobility webpage.
Electric Mobility and Municipal Properties
The SFMTA will expand its publicly-accessible electric vehicle charging stations in the SFMTA garages and lots soon.
Battery Electric Bus Program
The SFMTA already has the greenest transit fleet in North America, and it's getting greener. In February 2022, the SFMTA rolled out the first of its new all-electric buses in a new pilot Battery-Electric Bus Program.
Curbside Charging Inquiries
While curbside charging is currently not permitted on San Francisco streets, the SFMTA hopes to conduct a curbside EV charging feasibility study soon.