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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


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City of Palo Alto receives 2014 Most EV Ready Community Award
Contact : Peter Pirnejad, Development Services Director    650-329-2349
Palo Alto, CA— The City of Palo Alto was named the 2014 Most Electric Vehicle Ready Community at the Charged & Connected Symposium on April 24, 2014 at SAP in Palo Alto. Other nominations in the small- and medium-sized community category were the cities of Benicia, Cupertino, and Novato. 

The award recognizes businesses, communities and developments in the Bay Area that are taking a leadership role in encouraging the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EV) through forward-looking policies, programs, infrastructure and education. 

"Palo Alto has one of the highest per capita densities of EVs in the state, and therefore in the country," said Palo Alto City Manager James Keene. “But we're preparing for many more to come.” 

Based on the latest California Clean Vehicle Rebate Program statistics (April 24, 2014), Palo Alto now has 9.4 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) per 1,000 residents and 7.3 zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) per 1,000 residents.

The Palo Alto City Council in September 2013 directed its Development Services Department to develop ordinances to promote EVs. Development Services Director Peter Pirnejad invited the Palo Alto and Bay Area EV community to participate in a partnership with the City to form the Palo Alto EV Advisory Group, comprised of City officials, EV enthusiasts, EV charger vendors, entrepreneurs, and environmentalists. Many Palo Altans power their EVs through solar power on the roof of their homes; others power their EVs through Palo Alto’s 100 percent carbon-neutral electric supply. Palo Alto’s promotion of EVs is part of its aggressive greenhouse gas reductions, which were estimated for 2013 at 29 percent below 2005 levels.

The first ordinance, enacted the first quarter of 2014, requires all new single-family residences to be EV ready. Further, as directed by Council, the Palo Alto EVSE Task Force is developing a new ordinance to require EV-ready infrastructure for all other new construction (commercial, multi-family dwelling, mixed-use, and hotels). 

“Thanks to the leadership of our council and the hard work of our EVSE Task Force we are charting new ground in creating an EV Friendly City,” said Pirnejad. “Targeting new construction is just the start of building an ecosystem that drives us closer to carbon neutrality.”  

In the near future, Development Services and the Palo Alto EVSE Task Force will consider retrofit requirements for existing parking facilities as part of major remodels or additions. The two are also working together to further streamline the permit process to install Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) in new residential and commercial facilities. Palo Alto was the first municipality in the nation to allow and permit residential curbside charging stations on a case-by-case basis. These changes will not only benefit Palo Alto residents, employees, and visitors, but will also extend Palo Alto’s leadership in promoting EVs.