Electric Vehicle Readiness


Substantial electrification of the transportation sector (along with great improvements in energy efficiency and a decarbonization of the electricity gird) is required to meet climate targets that have been adopted in California.1

Berkeley Lab's first step in electric vehicle readiness is to make a small number of parking spaces with safe access to existing 120V outlets available to Berkeley Lab staff for charging of personal electric vehicles. Staff must pay for the electricity used.

Please contact sbl@lbl.gov for an EV Charging Only permit to begin charging. 

The next steps in the program will be to assess charging demand and develop additional opportunities for Level 1 and Level 2 charging. As a partner in the Department of Energy's EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge the Lab has prepared a plan for expansion of EV charging.

EV Charging Only Permits

An overview of the staff electric vehicle charging program is available here. Please contact Sustainable Berkeley Lab (sbl@lbl.gov) for an EV Charging Only permit. 


A map of approved charging locations is available here. Charging is only allowed in approved locations.

Help make the limited number of charging locations available for the greatest number of users

  • Charging locations are intended for charging or waiting for an available charger – not for parking. 

  • Users are requested to charge only as needed to enable necessary travel and then move their vehicle to allow others to charge. 

  • Charging locations are a shared resource and Berkeley Lab encourages permitted users to self-manage charging to best coordinate the needs of permit holders.


  • Charge only one vehicle at an outlet at the same time. 

  • Use only EVSE in good condition, marked with a UL or other NRTL certification. 

  • Please keep cords out of traffic paths and standing water. 

Please contact Sustainable Berkeley Lab (sbl@lbl.gov) with any questions about EV Readiness.

Alternative Fueling Stations

The DOE has created a website and app to help people find electric and other alternative fueling stations across the country. Check it out.

Note 1: See The Technology Path to Deep Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cuts by 2050: The Pivotal Role of Electricity, Williams et al, in Science, 6 January 2012335 (6064), 53-59.


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