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Last updated: 11/15/19

Recharge Boston: Electric Vehicle Resources

To reach carbon neutrality, Boston must maximize mode shift from single occupancy vehicles to shared and active modes. We also must transition all remaining vehicles on the roads to electric or other zero-emission vehicles over the next 30 years. 

Electric vehicles are cars or other vehicles powered completely, or in part, by electricity. They produce less pollution from the tailpipe, and often save people money.

We're taking steps to make sure electric vehicle drivers have access to safe and convenient places to charge in Boston. This effort is part of Boston’s Complete Streets mission. It's also part of our commitment to sustainability.

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Public Charging

The majority of electric vehicle owners charge their vehicles at home. Many of us rent and own housing that does not have access to off-street parking. This presents challenges to owning an electric vehicle. To help address this, the City is investing in publicly accessible electric vehicle charging.

In March 2019, Mayor Martin Walsh announced the City will install charging stations in municipal lots.

In winter/spring 2020, the City will begin rolling out charging stations in six municipal lots. We're working with Eversource through their Make Ready Program. The City will install additional charging stations over the next several years. Our goal is to have publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations in every neighborhood by 2023.

Stay tuned to this website for more information. 

EV Readiness Policy For New Developments

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Compliance with the policy

Two types of new developments must comply with the City's EV Readiness Policy For New Developments:

  1. New developments that prompt the Transportation Access Plan Agreement (TAPA) process
  2. All projects located within South Boston and Downtown parking freeze zones​

This policy applies to any development that receives Boston Planning and Development Agency Board approval after March 7, 2019.

The policy requires:
  • 25 percent of parking spaces be "EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) installed", and
  • the remaining 75 percent of parking spaces be "EV (electric vehicle) Ready" for future installation, to the maximum extent practicable.

Want to learn about how your project can best meet this policy? Contact apcc@boston.gov or btd@boston.gov.