Near-Term Action – Expand the Use of Alternative Fuels

On February 26, 2016, the SANDAG Board of Directors accepted the San Diego Regional Alternative Fuel Readiness Plan (Readiness Plan) as a regional resource to advance the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure in support of clean fuel and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction policies. This was done in partnership with the San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition and the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District. This effort began in October 2014 with funding from a two-year, $300,000 California Energy Commission grant and established Refuel: San Diego Regional Alternative Fuel Coordinating Council (Refuel San Diego). Refuel San Diego was a multi-stakeholder group composed of public agencies like SANDAG, alternative fuel vehicle manufacturers, industry representatives, and other stakeholders. Alternative fuels included electricity, biodiesel, ethanol, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane autogas. Refuel San Diego provided key input to the Readiness Plan.

Refuel San Diego prepared five audience-specific Alternative Fuel Toolkits (Toolkits) in addition to the Readiness Plan. The Toolkits are intended to address barriers identified by Refuel San Diego. Each Toolkit functions as a single resource focused on the unique needs and barriers faced by the following specific sectors: 

  • Public Agencies
  • Fleet Managers
  • Consumers
  • First Responders
  • Fuel Marketers 

The Final Readiness Plan and Alternative Fuel Toolkits are available on the Refuel San Diego page of the SANDAG website:

Additionally, SANDAG has supported the implementation of the electric vehicle (EV) elements of the Refuel Plan through its Plug-in San Diego program, funded by two additional CEC grants. Plug-in San Diego developed resources to reduce barriers to EV infrastructure installations, including an EV charging infrastructure web-based planning tool that launched in 2019. The methodology report associated with the tool and the electric vehicle charging infrastructure planning tool are available at The planning tool will be periodically updated through development of the SANDAG electric vehicle charging program.