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Electric Vehicle Charger Now Available for Public Use at the Port of San Diego’s Administration Building

Electrical Vehicle charger available for public use at the Port of San Diego

As part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on and around the San Diego Bay waterfront, the Port of San Diego has installed an electric vehicle (EV) charger for public use in the public parking lot of its Administration Building at 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101.

The charger is an EV ARC™ unit produced by Envision Solar, a San Diego-based sustainable technology innovation company. The EV ARC™ unit is an innovative off-grid, solar-powered charging station that can generate and store electricity to charge battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles with approximately 190 miles of EV driving in a day. It’s predicted to offset approximately 20 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MT CO2e) per year, 25% higher than if the charging station was connected to the grid.

"This EV charger will contribute to our overall Climate Action Plan goals and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions," said Chairman Garry Bonelli, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. "As environmental champions, the Port works to improve local air quality so that San Diego Bay remains a vibrant resource and contributes to a remarkable way of life for residents and visitors."

The placement of the EV ARC™ unit at the Administration Building will serve as a testing ground for future EV charging deployment. The Port will evaluate the technology, solar production, charging capacity and actual usage. Following the evaluation, the Port may explore other locations for deployment.

EV charging is one of the may ways in which the Port promotes the use of low- or no-emission vehicles and vessels that use alternative fuels, including electric or hybrid technology:

  • Seven publicly-available electric vehicle charging stations in Port-managed parking lots (two at Shelter Island, two at Spanish Landing, and three at Hilton Bayfront)
  • 26 EV charging stations for employee and fleet use at the Port’s Administrative Building, Harbor Police Headquarters and General Services Building
  • One hybrid and one EV for the Harbor Police Department
  • Renewable diesel for all diesel-based vehicles at the Port’s General Services Building
  • Demonstration of electric drayage and cargo handling equipment by Port Working Waterfront tenants through various grant awards including the Port Tenants Association grant from the California Energy Commission

In December 2013, the Port became one of the first ports in the nation to adopt a Climate Action Plan, which identifies greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. The Port’s goals are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 10 percent by 2020 and 25 percent by 2035 relative to a 2006 baseline, which are consistent with the state’s goal to reduce California’s overall emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 (AB 32).

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.


Port of San Diego Environment champions the safekeeping and environmental care of our diverse ecosystems. Year after year, environmental goals are set and measured to evolve environmental initiatives – ensuring San Diego Bay remains a vibrant resource and contributes to a remarkable way of life for visitors and residents for generations to come.