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File #: 20-6691   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Community Health and Equity Committee
On agenda: 11/16/2020
Posting Language: A briefing on a potential agreement between the City of San Antonio and Blink Charging Company for Publicly-Accessible Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure on City Property (RFP 20-076). [David McCary, Assistant City Manager; Douglas Melnick, Chief Sustainability Officer]
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DEPARTMENT: Office of Sustainability

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Douglas R. Melnick, AICP, ISSP-SA, CNU-A

COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: All

SUBJECT:

A briefing on a potential agreement between the City of San Antonio and Blink Charging Company for Publicly-Accessible Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure on City Property (RFP 20-076).

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the SA Climate Ready Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP), the City will consider an agreement with Blink Charging Company (Blink) to own and operate electric vehicle charging infrastructure on City property and manage associated software, marketing and customer interface elements in a manner that is cost neutral to the City. The agreement will facilitate a City contractor to be able to apply for funding through the Texas Volkswagen Mitigation Program (TxVEMP) for Zero Emission Vehicle Supply Equipment projects. The project supports the City's goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ground-level ozone attributed to the transportation sector by encouraging cleaner fuel technologies, including electric vehicles.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Promoting clean and efficient technologies, including electric vehicles, is a mitigation strategy for reducing transportation consumption in the City of San Antonio's SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan, the Climate Action & Adaptation Plan, the Ozone Attainment Master Plan and the American Cities Climate Challenge.

In collaboration with both internal departments and external partners through the American Cities Climate Challenge, the Office of Sustainability has conducted studies and review to understand the community's and municipality's electric vehicle needs. The City of San Antonio Electric Vehicle Fleet Conversion and City-Wide Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Study explains that charger availability is a major barrier to electric vehicle (EV) ownership in San Antonio. Large areas of San Antonio have no access to fast forms of public charging. In order to ac...

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