The Sonoma County-based Kashia Band of Pomo Indians has purchased two electric vehicles and two plug-in-hybrids using a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

The Kashia Band is the only Native American tribe in the state to receive such funds and operate EVs as a primary means of transportation, Kashia Tribal Chairman Reno Keoni Franklin said in a statement. The bought two electric Toyota Rav 4s and two plug-in-hybrid Ford C-Max Energis from local dealerships.

The tribe is partnering with several Sonoma County-based property owners and organizations in the advancement of alternative energy transportation and is planning to install its first EV charging stations on its lands at the Stewarts Point Rancheria.

They are also working closely with the Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm, the California Department of Parks and Recreation and other private property owners located on the coast, to install Level 2 charging stations, which will be available to the general public and become part of the EV coastal network.

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