Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) recently installed 14 ChargePoint Level 2 electric vehicle chargers in their Terminal 1 yard to provide infrastructure for a new fleet of all-electric light duty vehicles consisting of 14 2020 Chevy Bolts. These vehicles are used in non-revenue service, mainly as “relief vehicles," which bus operators use to move between shifts and buses throughout MTD’s service territory.
The new fleet of Chevy Bolts replaces an existing fleet of aging gasoline-powered sedans, and will immediately reduce MTD’s emissions on the light-duty side of District operations. In order to make the MTD facility ready to charge and maintain these new vehicles, Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Charge Ready Program covered the costs of electrical upgrades and other infrastructure work necessary to install 14 Level 2 EV chargers. SCE also provides a partial rebate for each charger.
Additionally, the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) provided significant grant funds toward the charger costs from their Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Program.