NEWS: The Future of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Needs Public Input
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Anna Devers
SLOCOG Public Information Officer

Kendall Flint
Regional Lead, Community Engagement & Strategic Planning

The Future of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Needs Public Input

Community input is part of an effort to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles, such as electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles throughout California’s Central Coast, including on or near the State Highway System, major freight corridors, and transit hubs. ​
San Luis Obispo, Calif. (August 15, 2022) – The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) wants the public’s help to identify sites for future electric vehicle charging stations. Six California central coast counties have collaborated on an interactive online mapping tool where the public can offer their valuable and necessary input.
The goal is to identify ideal locations for new public charging stations in the six counties between Ventura, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Electric vehicles are essential to the fight against climate change, and more charging stations are needed to recharge vehicles, particularly in rural and traditionally underserved communities.
“The number of Californians choosing to drive an electric vehicle grows every day---and we need to make sure that the infrastructure is there to support them in their clean choices,” said SLOCOG President Ed Waage. “Right now, we are asking the public to help us identify convenient places to charge.”
The information gathered from the interactive online mapping tool will help create the Central Coast Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy.
SLOCOG, the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), and the Association of Monterey Bay Governments (AMBAG), along with Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties have partnered to develop the strategy. 
The public can find more information on the Central Coast Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy at
The Central Coast Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy needs public input on the interactive mapping tool to accelerate the adoption of zero emission vehicles in the region. There are different types of charging stations and popular locations for them, like rest areas, retail venues, restaurants, and libraries, community centers, beaches, parks. Feedback on the map identifies the needs of communities.

The interactive mapping tool is live and available to the public through October 2022 at A quick video tutorial on how to use the interactive mapping tool is also available at .
  1. Central Coast Zero Emission Strategy Fact Sheet (English/Spanish)
  2. Electromobility FAQ (English/Spanish)
  3. Interactive Mapping Tool (English/Spanish)
  4. Interactive Mapping Tool Tutorial Video
  5. Interactive Mapping Tool Screen Shot
  6. Project Logo

The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is an association of local governments that includes the seven cities of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo, as well as unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. The central purpose of SLOCOG is to examine common regional problems and suggest solutions. SLOCOG provides transportation planning and funding for the region, and serves as a forum for the study and resolution of regional issues. In addition to preparing the region’s long-range transportation plan, SLOCOG plans and provides funding for public transit services, highway and roadway improvements, and alternative modes of transportation.
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