Newsom’s electric car vision sees ‘kick start’ 

Mayor Gavin Newsom has long advocated for increasing electric vehicle usage and the infrastructure to support it.

On Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee approved the spending of a $1 federal million grant – to be matched with other revenue sources – to pay for electric vehicle infrastructure.

“This is a very exciting project for us. It really is going to kick start the electric vehicle infrastructure system for San Francisco and by extension the Bay Area,” said David Assmann, Department of Environment’s acting director.

The grant will allow The City to create public charging locations. “Our intention is to set up 60 EV chargers in 22 garages throughout The City,” Assmann said. “It will help residents. It will rebate part of the permit fee if they want to set up charging at their own residences.” There will also be demonstration projects at multi-family buildings, allow for the city’s fleet to use more electric vehicles, allow for tax fleets to convert to electric vehicles, and more.

The grant will be voted on by the full board Tuesday.

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