Electric Vehicles

City Hall Charging Station

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are an important way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution. While the City supports active and sustainable modes of transportation, like walking, bicycling, and taking public transportation, many people still choose to drive in Cambridge. Driving electric vehicles instead of vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE), which run on fossil fuels can drastically reduce the carbon footprint of passenger vehicle trips.

To accommodate EV drivers who do not have access to a driveway for charging at home, the City offers public charging stations throughout Cambridge.

Electric Vehicle FAQ

Public Charging Stations in Cambridge

All City-owned charging stations offer a Level 2 charge.

All City-owned stations charge a rate of $0.189 per kWh drawn and $0.15 per hour. Learn more about charging rates.

  • Department of Public Works, 147 Hampshire Street
    This station is open to the public from 6:00 P. M. to 6:00 A. M. on weekdays, and all day on weekends, ending at 6:00 A.M. on Mondays. There is one dedicated EV charging space in the public parking lot at the front of the building. The charging station can provide a Level 1 or 2 charge.
  • First St. Garage, 2nd level, entrance on Spring Street
    This station is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It can charge two cars with a level 2 charge at the same time. There are two dedicated parking spots for EVs at this station.
  • City Lot #5 on Bishop Allen Drive, between Norfolk and Douglass St.
    This station is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It can charge two cars with a level 2 charge at the same time. There are two dedicated parking spots for EVs at this station.
  • City Hall, Inman Street side lot
    This station is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It can charge 1 vehicle with a level 2 charge at a time. 

Forthcoming Public Charging Stations

In spring/summer 2019, the City will install 7 additional dual-head EV charging stations, capable of charging two vehicles at a time at the following municipal-owned parking lots:

  • 7 Warren St / Macarelli Way - installation May 2019
  • 375 Green St. - installation May 2019
  • 420 Green St. - installation May 2019
  • 177 Garden St. (St. Peters Field / Montessori School) - installation TBD
  • 73 Sherman St. (St. Peters Field / Salt Shed) - installation TBD
  • 341 Rindge Ave (Russell Field / Comeau Field) - installation TBD
  • 99 Sherman St. (Danehy Park Office) - installation TBD


To see ChargePoint charging stations located throughout the region, click here 

The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center also has a map of charging stations made by other manufacturers.

For More Information

Contact Bronwyn Cooke, Sustainability Planner, at bcooke@cambridgema.gov or 617/349-4604.