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What are Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEV)?


A PEV is a Plug-in Electric Vehicle that runs at least partially on battery power and is recharged from the electricity grid.

Pure Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) run on electricity stored on batteries and have an electric motor rather than a gasoline engine.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) combine two propulsion modes in one vehicle - an electric motor (that is battery-powered and can be plugged in and recharged) and a gasoline engine (that can be refueled with gasoline).

What are the Benefits of PEVs?

  • Creating new clean energy jobs.
  • Enhancing energy security and national security by lowering dependence on foreign oil imports.
  • Improving air quality and lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, resulting in better health and productivity.
  • Providing fuel cost savings that can help stimulate the local economy.
  • Leveraging California’s culture of leadership in technology and innovation.
  • On average, in California it costs approximately $1.50 per gallon (gasoline equivalent) to run a PEV. In context, most modern PEVs have a "fuel" efficiency of greater than 90 miles per gallon gasoline equivalence (MPGe).

Image credit: Tesla

Image credit: Ford Motors

California Leadership Embraces the Charge

In 2012, Governor Jerry Brown strengthened the State’s commitment to zero emission vehicles (ZEV) and infrastructure in order to protect the environment, stimulate economic growth and improve air quality. With an Executive Order, he established aggressive PEV vehicle and infrastructure targets that call for 1.5 million ZEVs and easy access to infrastructure for all of California by 2025. (

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure in Northern California

The Upstate Region of California includes three county jurisdictions: Siskiyou, Shasta, and Tehama.  The Upstate Region is preparing for the rollout of PEVs and to be a key participant in the expansion of the West Coast Green Highway.  Planning and coordination for electric vehicle infrastructure in the Upstate Region will help to link communities along the Interstate 5 corridor and provide connectivity between the population centers in the Upstate Region.

The Siskiyou Economic Development Council is leading a project to coordinate efforts throughout the Upstate Region in support of the successful introduction of plug-in electric vehicles and the strategic development of charging infrastructure to support PEVs.  This will be facilitated through the creation of a regional Plug-in Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council (PEVCC), development of an infrastructure deployment plan, streamlining of the permitting and installation process for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), efforts to accelerate PEV adoption in vehicle fleets, and development of an education and outreach program to promote PEV adoption throughout the region.

Upstate California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan - Final Report

Upstate California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan

What is the West Coast Green Highway?

The West Coast Electric Highway connects electric vehicle drivers with fast charging between EV-friendly communities along Interstate 5 and other major roadways. The initiative compliments The EV Project,, a $230 million US Department of Energy project to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure in six states including Washington, Oregon, and California. Located at strategic points along Interstate 5, the stations provide a backbone for EV charging along the I-5 corridor connecting cities with robust EV charging from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Baja, Mexico.

Want more information on PEVs?

West Coast Green Highway -

PEV Collaborative -

Drive Clean PEV Resource Center -

U.S. Department of Energy -

California Energy Commission -


In addition to PEV projects, we also work on Alternative Fuel Projects. Some resources for Alt Fuels can be found below. 

Fleet Vehicle Toolkit
Northwest California Alternative Fuels Readiness Plan
Alternative Transportation Fuels Toolkit for Local Government Stakeholders
Government Stakeholder Engagement Guide