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SLO County APCD March 26, 2019 Webinar - EV Site Assessments

Audio and PowerPoint for March 26, 2019 Webinar for the SLO County Site Hosts who Received free Site Assessments for Installing Electric Vehicle Infrastructure from a California Energy Commission Grant (ARV-16-015).

Strategic EV Infrastructure Siting Analysis

The San Luis Obispo APCD was awarded a grant from the California Energy Commission to accelerate regional Zero-Emission Vehicle adoption and infrastructure deployment in the Central Coast Region. One task of this grant was to identify key strategic siting opportunities for additional Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) installations through an analysis of mobile device and demographic data. The results will be used to prioritize the recommended EVSE sites from the regions EV Readiness Plan (maybe create a link to this plan) that have not yet been completed, and to identify major origin-destination points. Four zoning assessments were conducted which consisted of workplace destinations, multi-unit developments or renter occupied areas, traveler destinations, and fleet operators and destinations. The magnitude of trips, average trip lengths, estimated vehicle dwell times, and demographic factors will be used to prioritize the siting opportunities and inform the location of future site assessments and EV infrastructure installations.

Click on the links below to view an interactive map of each of the four zone assessments. Once you open the link, click "Open in Map Viewer" to see a larger map. 

Fleet Zone Assessment

This map is a fleet zone assessment for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura County. The map displays areas, or zones, in the tri-county region with higher concentrations of fleet operators, and higher frequency of heavy- and medium-duty truck through trips that are longer than 40 miles. The higher priority zones were also determined by examining the distance from a Pacific Gas & Electric DC Fast Charger Capacity Site as well as a Southern California Edison 15% Charging Capacity area. These results can be used to prioritize the installation of Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure, such as electric vehicle or hydrogen stations. 

Workplace Zone Assessment

This map is a Workplace Zone Assessment for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura County. The map displays areas, or zones, in the tri-county region with higher concentration of existing and proposed office employment, personal auto through trips of 40 miles or more, personal auto parking events with 40 or more miles left to the final destination, and a high frequency of work trips. This data was collected using mobile device data tracking and evaluation. These results can be used to prioritize the installation of Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure, such as electric vehicle or hydrogen stations. 

Traveler Zone Assessment 

This map is a Traveler Zone Assessment for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura County. The map displays areas, or zones, in the tri-county region with higher concentration of retail employment, personal auto through trips that are longer than 20 or more miles, and personal auto parking events with 20 or more miles left to the final destination. This data was collected using mobile device data tracking and evaluation. These results can be used to prioritize the installation of Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure, such as electric vehicle or hydrogen stations. 

Renter Zone Assessment 

This map is a Renter Zone Assessment for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura County. The map displays areas, or zones, in the tri-county region with higher concentration of existing and proposed multi-unit residential units, existing and proposed office employment, personal auto through trips of 40 miles or more, and personal auto parking events with 20 or more miles left to the final destination. This data was collected using mobile device data tracking and evaluation. These results can be used to prioritize the installation of Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure, such as electric vehicle or hydrogen stations. 

High-Level PHEV Presentations

EV Alliance developed high-level PHEV presentations aimed at the various sectors of local governments, transit and paratransit, and school bus fleets, and presented to 27 fleets in total. The presentations were tailored for each sector and discussed the background of the Energy Commission grant project, state EV policy goals, overall benefits and challenges of fleet electrification, EV models available, existing and pending incentive programs for vehicles and charging, and case studies. Ample time for questions was provided and a robust discussion often occurred. All presentations can be accessed by clicking here.

Fleet Transition Plans

EV Alliance developed fleet transition plans as PowerPoint presentations, which included background information, photos and lists of available EVs, and customized advice on which vehicles should be prioritized for electrification. Age of vehicles, driving cycle, and availability of EV product were key determinants of prioritization. EV Alliance also included a section on programs and incentives to help pay for the vehicles and charging infrastructure. EV Alliance presented individualized E-Fleet transition plans to fleet managers in the Central Coast Region. In these presentations, EV Alliance reviewed the plans and answered a broad range of questions about fleet electrification. All fleet transition plans can be accessed by clicking here.

ZEV Safety Training for First Responders

The hydrogen response training materials developed and made available through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory were identified as the best resource for safety training. These are available at the h2tools.org/training-materials webpage. The webpage provides an extensive library of training materials that the local trainers can draw from and adapt to local needs. Another source of useful information to assist those responding to hydrogen and/or electric vehicle accidents are the Emergency Response Manuals (ERMs) available from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) which identify vehicle-specific hazards associated with on-board hydrogen and high-voltage systems. These include quick response guides that are likely to be extremely helpful in an emergency. Selected ERMs are available by clicking here.