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Local groups launch new Electric Drive 805 coalition

Posted at 7:10 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 22:10:03-05

San Luis Obispo County is going greener.

Several local groups are launching a new coalition called Electric Drive 805. The goal is to increase access to efficient electrical vehicles and reduce emissions from cars and trucks.

The Air Pollution Control District, Community Environmental Council, Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition, Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, and the Air Pollution Control Districts of Santa Barbara and Ventura are all part of the coalition.

Leaders say vehicle emissions make up the largest source of pollution in the 805 area code.

The coalition launched a website to help connect drivers to the right electric vehicle and raise awareness about the technology. It also aims to help workplaces, property managers, and local governments install charging stations for electric vehicles.

“Our goal is to make electric vehicles and charging solutions accessible to everyone in our communities,” said Cameron Gray, CEC’s Transportation, and Climate Specialist. With the state’s rebate and utility programs, a new or used electric vehicle can be the most affordable option for many households. If we can increase awareness of the incentives and expand access to charging infrastructure, choosing to drive electric vehicles can be a viable transportation option resulting in cleaner air, climate protection, and reduced user costs.

For more information about the program, click here.