What is this indicator?

This indicator measures the number of registered clean air (zero-emission or ultra-low emission) vehicles in Santa Monica.

Why is it important?

According to the California Air Resources Board and the Santa Monica Sustainable City Report Card, transportation produces about 40% of the City’s CO2 emissions and of that, about three quarters come from personal driving. Santa Monica produces about half the per capita CO2 of more auto-dependent places in Southern California, largely due to its density, walkability and transit service. By increasing the number of clean air vehicles and investing in ZEV charging infrastructure, Santa Monica can further reduce its impacts on the planet.

How are we doing?

In 2019, there were 3,149 clean air vehicles registered in Santa Monica, which accounts for 4.8% of the total vehicles registered in the City. This is a huge increase from the 1310 clean air vehicles in 2016. The 2020 target aims for an annual increase in clean air vehicles. The City is currently on target to meet that target. 

By improving electric vehicle infrastructure and providing better access to electric vehicle chargers, the City hopes to encourage residents and visitors to drive electric (when alternative modes of transportation are not an option). In 2017, the City adopted the Electric Vehicle Master Plan with a roadmap to get to 300 public chargers by 2020. As of 2019, the City has installed 143 public electric vehicle chargers.  

What can I do?