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Back in August, we reported that Coulomb Technologies would be installing 50 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Santa Barbara as part of the ChargePoint America program. This week, CEC learned that we can expect even more charging stations throughout our region thanks to a similar project overseen by Ecotality, which recently expanded its efforts to include the Santa Barbara and Ventura regions. The EV Project is a $230 million public-private partnership that aims to put 14,000 EV charging stations across America. CEC is now working with them to identify appropriate locations on the South Coast.

Why electric?

CEC is excited about electric vehicles because they offer revolutionary, not incremental, benefits compared to gasoline cars. They get around 100 mpg equivalent, produce zero tailpipe emissions, and reduce greenhouse gases by 75% on California’s green grid. Installing public charging stations for electric vehicles makes it easier to drive electric. Read more about CEC’s efforts >

How you can help

CEC is working with Ecotality to help identify locations to install these charging stations in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. An ideal spot would be accessible to the public – such as a business, workplace, or hotel. It helps if you are the owner, an employee, or a loyal customer who can help champion the process. If you know of a good location, please contact CEC’s Transportation Specialist, Michael Chiacos at

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