Electric Drive 805 is leading the transition to electric vehicles through collaboration and community building in our 805 region, so we can help meet the State of California’s goal of 5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2030.
The Electric Drive 805 coalition (formerly Plug-in Central Coast) has been working since 2011 to prepare our region for electric vehicles (EVs). The coalition was launched as a joint effort by Community Environmental Council, the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition, and the Air Pollution Control Districts of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. Key leaders from these organizations form the Electric Drive 805 Steering Committee. In 2018, the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance joined the Steering Committee.
Electric Drive 805 has brought millions of dollars in grant funding for regional EV planning and projects to communities in the 805 region. Our partners support EV planning efforts, infrastructure projects, and EV education and outreach. Our large EV car shows attract more than 30,000-40,000 people each year and we host numerous workshops with employers, property managers, and community groups that help more people drive electric. The Electric Drive 805 coalition has worked with hundreds of local governments, businesses, multifamily properties, charging hosts, and other stakeholders to build charging stations and make it easier to drive an EV.
Our efforts have helped make the 805 region an EV leader with over 716 Level 2 charging stations, 144 DC fast charging stations, and almost 20,000 zero-emission vehicles as of 2019.
The SLO County Air Pollution Control District’s mission is to realize and preserve clean air for all, promote community and individual responsibility for air quality and to provide a quality and cost-effective service.
VCREA’s mission is to establish Ventura County, its communities and neighboring regions as the leader in developing and implementing durable, sustainable energy initiatives that support sensible growth, healthy environment and economy, enhanced quality of life, and greater self-reliance for the region.