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Recharge Boston: Boston's Zero Emission Vehicle Program

First, we need people who drive alone to take transit, carpool, bike or walk to work instead. To reach our carbon neutrality goals, any remaining vehicles must be electric or zero-emission vehicles.

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.

Have questions? Contact:

Transportation

Boston's Zero-Emission Vehicle Roadmap

The City of Boston has released its Zero-Emission Vehicle Roadmap. The long-term strategy accelerates the adoption of electric vehicles and other zero-emission transportation.

Executive Summary
Zero-emission roadmap

ZEV Programs

ZEV Programs

The City of Boston is installing Level II EV Charging Stations in our municipal parking lots.

EV Charging Jamaica Plain Municipal Parking Lot

Parking in our municipal parking lots is free. EV charging is $0.25/kWh and there is a $1.00/hour inactive charge once your charging has completed.

Locations Include:

  • Lot 1 - 30 Ruggles Street, Roxbury (coming soon)
  • Lot 2 - 398 Market Street, Brighton (coming soon)
  • Lot 3 - 115 Harvard Avenue, Allston (coming soon)
  • Lot 5 - 166-180 London Street, East Boston (coming soon)
  • Lot 6 - 737 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain (Installed)
  • Lot 8 - 10 Tafthill Terrace, Roslindale (coming soon)
  • Lot 10 - 39-41 Corey Street, West Roxbury (coming soon)
  • Lot 12 - 37 Winthrop Street, Hyde Park (coming soon)
  • Lot 13 - 451-467 River Street, Mattapan (coming soon)
  • Lot 15 - 254-258 Bowdoin Street, Dorechester (coming soon)
  • Lot 17 - 575-581 Washington Street, Dorchester (coming soon)
  • Lot 18 - 450 West Broadway, South Boston (coming soon)
  • Lot 19 - 16 Hamlet Street, Dorchester (coming soon)
  • Lot 20 - 191 Adams Street, Dorchester (coming soon)
  • Lot 23 - 20 Georgia Street, Dorchester (coming soon)
  • Lot 30 - 353 Dudley Street, Roxbury (coming soon)
  • Lot 32 - 490-498 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain (coming soon)
  • Lot 33 - 3042 Washington Street, Roxbury (coming soon)
  • Lot 25 - 14 Roxbury Street, Roxbury (coming soon)

City of Boston cargo tricycle parked near City of Boston central fleet vehicles

 

Knox is a city owned cargo e-trike. A cargo e-trike is a three wheeled bicycle with electric battery assist and a large compartment for carrying items. We wanted to help City employees lead by example while conducting City business. We hypothesized that for short-distance trips, the trike would be a reasonable replacement for a car or truck. For more information on the program visit Knox: The Cargo E-Trike.

This approved EV Wayfinding Logo should be used to direct the public to publicly accessible EV charging on private property. General Service signs are intended to provide guidance to the charging station and should be installed at the entrance to a garage or parking lot, and at the EV charging station.

In the Summer of 2020 we released an Electric Cargo Bike Request for Information (RFI) to gain information on how E-Cargo Bikes could fit into our City's delivery landscape. A report on that RFI will be released soon. Over the next year we will be undertaking an E-Cargo Bike pilot program. More information to come.

Download the Request for information (rfi) here

EV readiness policy for new developments

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 and to any development that submits a parking freeze permit application to the Air Pollution Control Commission after March 20, 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 btd@boston.gov or apcc@boston.gov.