Electronic car owners in the Bay Area may soon have easier access to charging stations as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District approved $5 million in taxpayer-financed funding last week to go toward developing a regional electric vehicle charging infrastructure program.
Specifically, funds will support development of 3,000 home charging stations, 2,000 public charging stations and 50 charging stations near highways.
The Air District, the regional agency chartered with protecting air quality in the nine-county Bay Area, is working to establish a network of accessible charging sites where electric vehicle owners can conveniently recharge while conducting normal business, running errands or shopping.
The electronic vehicle charging stations and home chargers are part of the Air District's "Spare the Air" program.
"The past several years have seen exciting progress in the development of electric vehicle technology," Air District Executive Officer Jack Broadbent said in a prepared statement. "Crating a useful charging network will make it easier for Bay Area residents to 'Spare the Air' every day by going electric."
In the Bay Area, transportation accounts for more than 50 percent of air pollution, according to the Air District.