Transportation Electrification

MTC supports increasing access to clean mobility options through the electrification of transportation systems.

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Transportation electrification–when paired with electricity generated from renewable resources in California–plays a key role in helping reduce pollution from the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: transportation.

Market and technology solutions are developing and expanding. Deployment of this technology and new electric charging systems must be accelerated, and equitable access must be a priority. These solutions must be able to scale quickly, so they can be implemented to meet the rapidly-approaching climate targets and the regional goal of adopting 1.5 million electric vehicles (EVs) in the Bay Area by 2030, and 5 million by 2050.

Electrification to Reach Regional Goals

Plan Bay Area 2050 outlines the region’s plan to achieve a 19% GHG emission-reduction target in transportation by 2035. In addition to strategies to reduce the need to drive and vehicle miles traveled (VMT), a key element to achieving the target is to address gaps and support the acceleration of equitable electric vehicle (EV) adoption; EV charging deployment; and other electric mobility options (e.g., electric bikes, scooters, and car share). Increasing access to clean mobility options is part of MTC’s efforts to implement strategies from Plan Bay Area 2050 that reduce regional GHG emissions, including Strategy EN8: Expand Clean Vehicle Initiatives.

Transportation Electrification Program: LOI Call for Project Ideas

MTC is seeking proposals or concepts for projects or programs that address gaps and accelerate equitable EV adoption, EV charging deployment, or other electric mobility options (e-bike, e-scooters, electric car share, etc.) and demonstrate replicable or scalable solutions that can improve access to clean mobility options across the region.

MTC will use project ideas submitted using the Letter of Interest (LOI) form to inform and develop regional funding and assistance programs that support the advancement of transportation electrification. Following the development of any funding program, MTC will release a call for applications. MTC staff will work with eligible LOI proposers to support the development of project proposals and applications for the funding program.

Key information:

Further details are below.

LOI Call for Project Details

Background and Goals of MTC’s Transportation Electrification Program

In 2021, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted the Bay Area’s most recent Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), Plan Bay Area 2050 (PBA 2050). PBA 2050 outlines the region’s plan to achieve a 19 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target in the light-duty transportation sector by 2035. In addition to strategies to reduce the need to drive and vehicle miles traveled (VMT), a key element to achieving the target is to support the electrification of the transportation system, including shifting trips from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) and other electric mobility (e-mobility) options. PBA 2050 strategy EN8 specifically calls for expanding clean vehicle initiatives.

While market and technology solutions are developing and expanding, deployment of technology and charging must be accelerated, gaps to address equitable access must be addressed, and scalable solutions must be advanced to meet the rapidly approaching climate targets and the regional goal of adopting 1.5 million EVs in the Bay Area by 2030 and 5 million by 2050. In addition to coordinating with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to support its regional electrification programs, MTC is exploring opportunities to support local projects that address these targets and challenges.

Submitting Project Ideas

Eligible proposers (see eligibility section below) are encouraged to submit ideas on a wide range of projects, concepts, or needs that will accelerate and expand access to electric mobility options to help meet the targets and goals described above. Project ideas should consider the following:

  • Addressing gaps and accelerate equitable electric vehicle (EV) adoption, EV charging deployment, or other electric mobility options (e-scooters, e-bike, electric car share, etc.) (Note: Transit vehicle and port equipment projects will NOT be considered for this LOI as existing programs/funding sources focus on these types of projects)
  • Demonstrating replicable or scalable solutions that can improve access to electrification across the region
  • Addressing access to electric transportation for historically underserved or marginalized communities (for citywide or similarly scoped projects)
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Program and project ideas can include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning or policy adoption (e.g., EV readiness plan; permitting streamlining)
  • Charging infrastructure project (e.g., public EV fleet charging installation; transit station/mobility hub charging installation; charging installation for transit station customer parking)
  • Innovative pilot project (e.g., smart charging technology for multifamily residences; vehicle grid integration (VGI) demonstration)
  • Fleet conversion project (e.g., EV replacements for public fleets; electric cargo bike for local delivery)
  • Electric mobility program (e.g., electric car share service; e-bike incentives)
  • Workforce development programs (e.g., community college EV technician training; EVITP EVSE installer training sessions)
  • Outreach and education (e.g., programs that increase EV/EV charging awareness and application assistance; ride and drive events for underserved communities; dealer education)

MTC is collecting project proposals and ideas from local public agencies that align with the regional goals through a Letter of Interest (LOI) form, a simple online form to collect basic information about the project idea. MTC will use the submitted forms to inform and develop regional funding and assistance programs that support the advancement of transportation electrification. Following the development of any funding program, MTC will release a call for applications. MTC staff will work with eligible LOI proposers to support the development of project proposals/applications for the funding program.

Please submit your project idea using this form. Similar projects for the same public agency or set of agencies should be submitted as a single LOI (for example, a city interested in installing Level 2 EV charging stations at various sites should submit one form for all sites rather than a form for each proposed location).

LOIs are due August 10, 2022.

Eligible Project Idea Proposers

LOIs may be submitted by Bay Area public agencies, including Cities, Counties, Transit Agencies, and County Transportation Authorities (CTAs). Public agencies can coordinate and submit coordinated cross-jurisdictional project ideas, but a primary agency must be identified.

Public agencies may partner with other entities, but a public agency must serve as the grant recipient and fiscal agent for any project funded by a grant through MTC’s regional transportation electrification program(s).

Next Steps

LOIs are due by August 10, 2022. Register for MTC's informational online meeting on July 12, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM to provide an overview of the process, respond to questions, and discuss ideas shared by participants.

Following submittal, MTC will review LOIs and follow up with proposers as needed. As noted, MTC will assess the LOI submittals to develop regional funding program(s) to advance and achieve regional electrification goals.

MTC anticipates developing a $40-60 million funding program(s) to advance electrification in the region using federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program and Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, as well as the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL/IIJA) Carbon Reduction Program in development.

As regional programs are released, MTC will contact eligible LOI proposers.

Schedule

  • LOI Announcement Release: June 22, 2022
  • LOI Informational Meeting: July 12, 2022, 3-4 p.m.
  • LOI Deadline: August 10, 2022
  • MTC LOI review and follow-up with proposers: August-September 2022
Current Transportation Electrification Strategies

To meet regional goals, MTC is working with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District), local governments and other partners to develop and support electrification strategies, including:

Bay Area EV Coordinating Council

MTC, in partnership with the Air District, organizes quarterly meetings of the Bay Area EV Coordinating Council. The EV Council is a peer-to-peer forum of stakeholders to share information, provide input, and communicate updates to EV Resources.

What are Electric Transportation Options?

EV's are cars and trucks that run partially or completely using an electric propulsion system, reducing their reliance on fossil fuels. Electrified public transit and other shared vehicle options offer even more environmental, health, safety and economic benefits by reducing the number of vehicles on the road and the cost of getting around. Newer electric mobility (e-mobility) options, including electric bicycles, scooters and car share, also offer affordable ways to get around with an even lower impact on the environment.

Sign Up for Updates on MTC’s Transportation Electrification Assistance Programs

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