Allow homeowners a permitted Place to Recharge electric vehicles in front of their homes

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 Dear San Francisco Mayor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco MTA, and the San Francisco Dept. of the Environment: 

Please change San Francisco policy to allow homeowners to bring their electricity curbside and install personal charging stations for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and purchase a parking permit to have dependable access to this curbside charging station in front of their own homes. We ask that you make this policy change to make vehicular charging more accessible, particularly for those homeowners who do not have a garage or their garage is being used for storage or work.  The average car emits 6 tons of carbon dioxide annually.  One gallon of gas emits 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global warming gases.  Nineteen pounds of that comes right out of the car’s tailpipe.


While public parking charging stations are helpful for brief “top off” charging, they are not practical for people wanting to dependably drive an electric or plug –in hybrid as their regular vehicle. We ask that you make a permit policy on a two –tiered basis, so that homeowners wishing to share their charging place during the day via charging devices into which a credit card can be inserted (thereby providing accessible charging to another vehicle while the owner is away during the day), could pay a lesser fee for their permit than those wishing exclusive 24 hour access. We ask that you make these permits quite affordable, as the cost of the charging station and electrical work would be substantial, depending on the homeowners’ current electrical system.

 
If thousands of homeowners did this, the carbon reduction would be substantial,   many jobs would be created, and San Francisco would receive substantial funds annually for the renewal of permits as well as parking tickets and towing fees. We suggest an annual fee for a shared-use permit be $300 and an exclusive use permit be $600. There are many charging stations for home use that are quite narrow, so that they would not prevent sidewalk egress for pedestrians that are walking unaided or using walkers, wheelchairs, strollers, or tricycles. This policy dovetails well with the goals of San Francisco and California to reduce carbon emissions substantially as well as providing jobs, creating the infrastructure for future conveniently accessible electric vehicle charging, and having the guaranteed parking would motivate thousands of San Franciscans to make the change to electric vehicles. We furthermore ask that substantial tax rebates be given to homeowners who both install such devices and have or install solar, enabling them to run their cars on sunshine, and that some of the funds from the permits, tickets and towing fees be used to aid apartment owners to install charging stations in their garages for apartment dwellers .

 
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