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Air District offers $5 million in grants for public electric vehicle charging stations

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Electric cars, Nissan’s “Leaf”, are being charged at the charging stations in front of the entrance of Nissan’s global Headquarters located in Yokohama, Japan. (Photo courtesy Shutterstock)

The Air District announced that it’s opening its 2017 grant funding cycle Thursday, with $5 million available for businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies to install electric vehicle charging stations.

The “Charge! Program” was created to develop a Bay Area-wide electric vehicle charging network that is available for public use. This could include libraries, parks, shopping centers, transit facilities, multi-use buildings, and workplaces.

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The $5 million would go towards helping to offset a portion of the cost of purchasing, installing and operating new public charging stations, and is funded through the Air District’s Transportation Fund for Clean Air.

“Fast and convenient charging is key to convincing more people to opt for electric vehicles,” said Air District executive officer Jack Broadbent. “The Air District is focused on fostering the development of a broad, publicly available electric vehicle charging network for Bay Area residents to ensure cleaner air now and in the future.”

Interested parties are required to attend at least one webinar session covering requirements and evaluation procedures before sending in their applications. Funding will be awarded for qualifying projects on a first-come-first-served basis.

More information on the grant program can be found on the Air District’s website here.

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