Air quality district approves more vehicle charging stations

Several Bay Area locations will install more than 2,000 electric vehicle chargers after the Bay Area Air Quality Management District approved more than $6 million in funding for the project.

The 2,059 stations will pop up in 134 locations, including workplaces, schools, transportation hubs and apartment complexes. They will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants, according to the district.

The Los Altos School District, East Side Union High School District, San Francisco International Airport and Old Redwood Commons Association received grant funding to install the new chargers.

GRID Alternatives also received $56,000 to fund the project in low-income communities, district officials said.

District executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement:

“More charging stations in key locations will make buying an electric vehicle a smart option for more Bay Area residents.”

District officials said funding for the project comes from a $4 car registration fee surcharge instituted in the Bay Area in 1991. The charge supports clean air vehicles, ride-sharing, shuttles and bike facilities.