Plug In Santa Barbara
Plug In Santa Barbara is bringing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to the Central Coast and making it easier to use EVs in Santa Barbara County. Supported by a group of cities, businesses, and utilities, Plug In Santa Barbara is a one-stop resource for local plug-in electric car buyers, with information on all the new models, home charging, charging rates, government incentives, permitting requirements, and the benefits of connecting solar electric systems into charging facilities.
Get Ready for Plug-in Electric Vehicles
About 50% of the energy used in our county goes to move people and goods. Transitioning to more efficient electric vehicles and using renewable energy to charge are central components of CEC’s plan to move the Santa Barbara region away from fossil fuels in one generation.
With the Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF, Toyota Plug in Prius and Ford Focus EV now on the street and a dozen models of all-electric and electric/gas plug-in hybrids coming soon, CEC is helping to make plug-in cars a reality. In fact, Santa Barbara is one of the top sales markets in the country for plug-in cars. Are our homes, fueling stations and electrical grid ready?
WHAT CEC IS DOING
Getting Local Government on Board — CEC has hosted events with Southern California Edison to introduce government officials and community leaders to the challenges and opportunities that our region will face as drivers begin transitioning to electric vehicles. We are now working to develop an EV Readiness Plan for the Central Coast (Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties). More on Plug In Electric Vehicle Readiness...
Making Buildings Plug-in Ready — We are working with city planners, builders and architects to pre-wire new construction and major renovations so that buildings are “plug-in ready.” Pre-wiring adds little to no additional cost when done during the initial construction.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Interact on Facebook — Follow Plug In Santa Barbara on Facebook to interact with the local EV enthusiast community, read the latest news, and learn about upcoming events.
Test Drive EVs at a Green Car Show — Attend one of CEC’s Green Car Shows to kick the tires on the newest technologies all in one place. Bring your friends to the new Ride and Drive to test drive these new cars. Our 2012 shows are scheduled for Santa Barbara (April 21-22), Ventura (July 4), and Santa Maria (TBD).
Go Solar and Drive on Sunshine — When you install solar panels at your home or business, your charging stations and your electric car are fueled by the sun. CEC is making it easier for people to go solar with Solarize Santa Barbara. If you’ve been considering solar power for your home, we can help.