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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.

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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

Zero-emission vehicle programs

Zero-emission vehicle programs

To increase access to public EV charging, the City of Boston is installing EV charging stations in some of our municipal parking lots.


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

Locations Include:
  • Lot 1 - 30 Ruggles Street, Roxbury (under construction)
  • Lot 2 - 398 Market Street, Brighton (coming soon)
  • Lot 3 - 115 Harvard Avenue, Allston (coming soon)
  • Lot 5 - 166-180 London Street, East Boston (under construction)
  • Lot 6 - 737 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain (installed)
  • Lot 8 - 10 Tafthill Terrace, Roslindale (coming soon)
  • Lot 10 - 39-41 Corey Street, West Roxbury (under construction)
  • Lot 12 - 37 Winthrop Street, Hyde Park (coming soon)
  • Lot 13 - 451-467 River Street, Mattapan (under construction)
  • Lot 15 - 254-258 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester (coming soon)
  • Lot 17 - 575-581 Washington Street, Dorchester (coming soon)
  • Lot 18 - 450 West Broadway, South Boston (under construction)
  • Lot 19 - 16 Hamlet Street, Dorchester (under construction)
  • Lot 20 - 191 Adams Street, Dorchester (under construction)
  • Lot 23 - 20 Georgia Street, Dorchester (coming soon)
  • Lot 30 - 353 Dudley Street, Roxbury (under construction)
  • Lot 32 - 490-498 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain (under construction)
  • Lot 33 - 3042 Washington 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 2020, the City of Boston released an Electric Cargo Bike Request for Information (RFI). We wanted to gain information on how e-cargo bikes could fit into our City's delivery landscape. We received 13 responses that included information on

  • e-cargo bike types
  • data management
  • operational logistics
  • policy support, and
  • planning.

For more information read the post solicitation report. 

The City of Boston, through the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge, has contracted with Nelson/Nygaard. They will design and potentially launch an e-cargo bike delivery pilot program. Over the next few months the City will work to identify:

  • regulatory
  • administrative, and
  • operational challenges to e-cargo bike delivery within the City.

We will also identify potential program partners and pilot locations. The City is looking to spring 2022 at the earliest for the launch of a pilot program.

Good2Go is an electric vehicle (EV) car-share program with sliding scale rates. It supports affordable access to clean transportation options in Roxbury. This area of the City has been the heart of Boston’s Black community for decades. It has also faced disproportionate environmental burdens.

The program is funded with a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. It's a collaboration between:

The service will be based initially at Roxbury Community College and Bartlett Station in Nubian Square. The primary goal is to serve local residents and businesses, though it will be accessible to all. Similarly, individuals of any incomes will be able to use the service. But, those with lower incomes will pay a lower rate. By providing access to clean energy passenger vehicles, participants will:

  • become more familiar with operating an EV, and
  • be able to make a comfortable, safe, and environmentally friendly transportation choice.

As membership in the program grows, more vehicles and locations will be added.

The expansion of EV car sharing is included in the City’s Climate Action Plan and Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Roadmap. Both of these initiatives outline a multifaceted strategy for citywide ZEV deployment. The City’s goal is for 100% of residents to be within a 10-minute walk of an EV car-share facility or a public EV charger.

Good2Go car share roxbury CC

(Pictured: Good2Go car share location at Roxbury Community College)

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.

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