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The Draft Ventura County Electric Vehicle Ready Blueprint is intended to accelerate and support electric vehicle and charging infrastructure deployment throughout Ventura County. The Blueprint framework and associated Draft Electric Vehicle Accelerator Plans for the City of Ventura and City of Oxnard and the Port of Hueneme are intended to spur rapid adoption of electric vehicles in the region and to make electric vehicles and other clean mobility options fully accessible to everyone in our communities. The Blueprint’s comprehensive recommendations are intended to help local policymakers, community and business stakeholders take bold action to further accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and expand access to charging infrastructure.

The Blueprint and Accelerator Plans are now available for public review and comment from July 15, 2019 through 5 p.m. on August 5, 2019. Word versions of the Blueprint and Accelerator Plans are available upon request.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or comments regarding the Blueprint and Accelerator Plans or would like a Word version of the documents.

You can help improve our EV Ready Blueprint efforts by taking this quick 5-minute survey on your transportation habits and preferences. Your responses will provide valuable insights for the Blueprint along with future clean transportation planning in Ventura County. Please click on the image link to the right to get started! You can contact our CivicSpark Fellow Andrew Wakelee at [email protected] if you have any questions.

California has ambitious goals to reach five million Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) by 2030. Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA) and Community Environmental Council (CEC) have a grant from the California Energy Commission to create a replicable electric vehicle (EV) Ready Blueprint that describes a step-by-step plan for electrifying transportation in Ventura County. In developing this Blueprint, VCREA and CEC are conducting community outreach on the benefits of EVs and convening a bi-monthly meeting of community stakeholders and local government staff. Additionally, VCREA and CEC have collected data on large multi-family housing complexes, employers, and public destinations that are good fits for new EV charging infrastructure. The Blueprint will include these findings along with a special focus on the Cities of Oxnard, Ventura, and the Port of Hueneme that will detail the infrastructure needed for EVs to be one-eighth of all vehicles by 2030. Completion of this project will grant eligibility for a second phase of funding that will go towards EV charging installations in Ventura County, if approved.

Adoption of Electric Vehicles will benefit Ventura County residents in many ways, including:

  • Lower fueling costs for drivers (charging at home overnight is like paying $1.50/gallon!)
  • Lower vehicle maintenance costs (no more oil changes!)
  • Pollution reduction and cleaner air (no tailpipe emissions!)
  • A smooth transition from fossil fuels to clean transportation

Timeline:

October 2018 – First EV Coalition Meeting
December 2018 – Second EV Coalition Meeting
February 2019 – Third EV Coalition Meeting
April 2019 – Fourth EV Coalition Meeting
May 2019 – Fifth EV Coalition Meeting
July 2019 – Ventura County EV Ready Blueprint due to California Energy Commission

Calendar

Community outreach events are an important part of this project. We welcome you to attend our tabling events and learn more about the benefits of driving electric! Check out the calendar to see what’s coming up!


Resources

Funding Note

The Ventura County EV Blueprint is funded by the EV Ready Communities Challenge Grant from the California Energy Commission. The project is administered by Community Environmental Council, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, EV Alliance, and Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, along with other community partners.

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