To support the goals of the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan for the City to "Lead by Example" to mitigate polluting greenhouse gas emissions, the Office of Sustainability is working to make electric vehicles an
accessible transportation choice for residents so that we can protect our environment and air quality. Read about early efforts to advance the City's own fleet electrification.
Why Electric Transportation?
In our community, gas-powered vehicles are the largest contributor to polluting greenhouse gas emissions. Electric transportation reduces dependence on expensive imported petroleum and lessens the impact of
fossil fuels on the environment, leading to air pollution and climate change. In recent years, levels of air pollution in San Antonio have been measured higher than allowed by federal clean air standards. For individuals,
driving an electric vehicle may also result in significant savings in fuel costs. Prolonged exposure to polluted air particularly threatens the health of children, people who are active or work outdoors and those with respiratory
HYBRID & ELECTRIC VEHICLE PARKING PROGRAM
Vehicles displaying an authorized Vehicle Placard are allowed to park for FREE at City of San Antonio managed downtown street parking meters or street pay stations for a period of time not to exceed the limit
of the meter or pay station. To find out more information and download the application, please visit the Center City Development's Parking Division.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE INFRASTRUCTURE
In San Antonio, CPS Energy operates and maintains a network of stations for plug-in electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Find links to maps and more information about the affordable "Public Charging-Flat Rate Pilot Program" administered
by CPS Energy.
Terms to Know
- Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV): a vehicle powered by both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery.
- Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV): a HEV with a battery that can be charged by an external source of electricity.
- Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV): an electric vehicle that is powered only by battery.
- Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE): The equipment used to charge the batteries of plug-in hybrids and other electric vehicles.
- Level 1 EVSE: Charging through a 110/120 Volt AC circuit. Adds about 2-5 miles of range per hour of charging time.
- Level 2 EVSE: Charging through a 220/240 Volt AC circuit. Adds about 10-20 miles of range per hour of charging time.
- DC Fast Charging: With 480 Volt AC going into the EVSE, high voltage DC charges the car. 60 to 80 miles are added in 20 minutes of charging.