EV Charger Rebates California

Last Updated: 3/23/2022

California is the state to be if you want to embrace electric vehicles (EVs) and start saving money on fuel costs, cut your carbon emissions, and be an early adopter of EVs while taking advantage of rebates and incentives before funds are depleted.

The Golden State has the most EV charging rebates and incentives out of any other state in the country. Read below (or scroll to your location) to learn about which programs are available for your commercial or residential EV charging installation and how much you can save!


EV Charging in California

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, California has the greatest number of EVs at 42%. Governor Gavin Newsom has banned the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. For these reasons, EV charging is especially important in the Golden State.

To accommodate the growing number of EVs on the road, the EV infrastructure needs to keep up. This means residents and businesses will have to start installing EV charging stations.

Residential EV charging installations help to alleviate range anxiety, the fear that one will not have sufficient charge of their EV battery and be stranded. Residents who charge at home instead of in public can take advantage of being able to charge more conveniently and safely.

In commercial settings, EV charging stations help to attract and retain customers and talent, can boost a company’s public image, will put a property on the map, can help companies meet or exceed sustainability goals, and can provide a second stream of income through charging fees.

EV charging stations are an outstanding opportunity for multifamily properties. In California, about 50% of its residents live in multifamily housing. Multifamily property owners and managers that choose to install EV charging stations increase their property values and attract residents.

California is brimming with opportunities to save on EV charging projects. You may be surprised how much you can save – some programs offer rebates of up to 100% of EV charger and installation costs. The California EV charging program rebates are only available for a limited time or until funds have been depleted. Some programs are no longer accepting applications since all funds have been reserved. Don’t wait and regret it when you lose out on substantial savings.

California State Programs for EV Charging

The CALeVIP program is a statewide program that offers incentives for the installation of EV chargers. Incentives are based on counties and vary slightly. Each of the counties and their available funding is summarized below:
 

Alameda County Incentive Project

The Alameda County program opens on December 1, 2021. Rebates are available for Level 2 and DC Fast Chargers. Eligible DC fast charger sites are also eligible for Level 2 chargers as part of combination applications. All costs may be incurred starting October 1, 2021. Rebates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligible sites for DC fast charger rebates include retail shopping centers, curbside charging, hotels, airports, and colleges/universities among other sites.

Eligible sites for Level 2 charger rebates include commercial (public availability), workplace (public or private parking facilities, must be shared-use parking spaces), multi-unit dwelling (public or private parking facilities but must be shared parking spaces), or curbside charging.

For Level 2 chargers, the base rebate is up to $3,500, or 75% of project costs, whichever is less. A charger installed in a disadvantaged community (DAC), low-income community (LIC), or Affordable Housing will receive an additional $500, while a multi-unit dwelling (MUD) site will receive an additional $2,000. Single-family residences and assigned parking installations are not eligible.

For DC Fast Chargers (DCFC), the rebates depend on the power level of the charging station.

For a 50 kW- 99.99 kW, the general market rebate per active connector is tp to $30,000, or 75% of the total project cost, whichever is less. The DAC/LIC rebate is up to $40,000, or 75% of the total project cost, whichever is less.

For 100 kW+, the general market rebate is up to $60,000, or 75% of the total project cost, whichever is less. The DAC/LIC rebate is up to $80,000 or 75% of the total project cost, whichever is less.

Half of the DCFC connectors incentivized must be CCS and at least one connected must be a CHAdeMO connector. The DCFC must be networked (OCPP compatible).

South Central Coast Incentive Project

As of this publication, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties’ funds have all been reserved or provisionally reserved. Ventura County does have a little over a million in funding available for Level 2 chargers only. All costs may be incurred starting June 2, 202. Rebates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligible sites for Level 2 charger rebates include commercial (public availability), workplace (public or private parking facilities, must be shared-use parking spaces), multi-unit dwelling (public or private parking facilities but must be shared parking spaces), or curbside charging.

The base rebate is up to $3,500, or 75% of project costs, whichever is less. A charger installed in a disadvantaged community (DAC), low-income community (LIC), or Affordable Housing will receive an additional $500, while a multi-unit dwelling (MUD) site will receive an additional $2,000.

The chargers must be EnergyStar certified and networked (OCPP compatible).

Inland Counties Incentive Project

As of this publication, Butte, Placer, Solano counties no longer have funding available. All costs may be incurred starting March 10, 2021. Rebates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

The remaining counties only have funds available for Level 2 charging station projects. El Dorado has about $3,000 in funds remaining, Imperial County has about $325,000, Kings County has $678,000, Merced has $168,000, Napa has $118,000, Nevada has about $100,000, Stanislaus about $517,000, Sutter has about $100,000, Tulare has $277,000, and Yolo has $1.8 million.

Eligible sites for Level 2 charger rebates include commercial (public availability), workplace (public or private parking facilities, must be shared-use parking spaces), multi-unit dwelling (public or private parking facilities but must be shared parking spaces), or curbside charging.

The base rebate is up to $3,500, or 75% of project costs, whichever is less. A charger installed in a disadvantaged community (DAC), low-income community (LIC), or Affordable Housing will receive an additional $500, while a multi-unit dwelling (MUD) site will receive an additional $2,000.

Peninsula-Silicon Valley Incentive Project

As of this publication, there is no funding available in any of these counties.

San Diego County Incentive Project

As of this publication, there is no funding available in any of these counties.

Sonoma Coast Incentive Project

As of this publication, there is no funding available in any of these counties.

San Joaquin Valley Incentive Project

As of this publication, there is no funding available in Fresno county. Kern and San Joaquin have funding available for Level 2 chargers only. Kern has about $1.4 million in funding remaining, while San Jaoquin has about $1.1 million.

Design, engineering, and utility service request costs are eligible costs incurred after October 10, 2019. Rebates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligible sites for Level 2 charger rebates include commercial (public availability), workplace (public or private parking facilities, must be shared-use parking spaces), multi-unit dwelling (public or private parking facilities but must be shared parking spaces), or curbside charging.

The base rebate is up to $3,500. Multi-unit dwellings will receive an additional $1,000 per connector. DAC locations can receive $4,000 per connector, with multi-unit dwellings receiving an additional $1,000 per connector.

A charger installed in a disadvantaged community (DAC), low-income community (LIC), or Affordable Housing will receive an additional $500, while a multi-unit dwelling (MUD) site will receive an additional $2,000.

The chargers must be EnergyStar certified and networked (OCPP compatible).

Central Coast Incentive Project

Monterey and Santa Cruz counties have funding available for Level 2 chargers only. As of this publication, Monterey has about $79,000 in funding still available, Santa Cruz has $172,000.San Benito has funding available for both Level 2 chargers and DCFCs - about $113,00 and $165,000 respectively.

Design, engineering, and utility service request costs are eligible costs incurred after July 31, 2019. Rebates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligible sites for Level 2 charger rebates include commercial (public availability), workplace (public or private parking facilities, must be shared-use parking spaces), multi-unit dwelling (public or private parking facilities but must be shared parking spaces), or curbside charging.

The base rebate is up to $5,000 per connector. Multi-unit dwellings will receive an additional $1,000 per connector. DAC locations can receive $5,500 per connector, with multi-unit dwellings receiving an additional $1,000 per connector.

The chargers must be EnergyStar certified and networked (OCPP compatible).

Northern California Incentive Project

As of this publication, all counties only have funding remaining for Level 2 chargers only. Humboldt has about $237,000 available, Shasta has $333,000 available, and Tehama has $202,000.

Design, engineering, and utility service request costs are eligible costs incurred after March 28, 2019. Rebates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligible sites for Level 2 charger rebates include commercial (public availability), workplace (public or private parking facilities, must be shared-use parking spaces), multi-unit dwelling (public or private parking facilities but must be shared parking spaces), or curbside charging.

The base rebate is up to $5,000 per connector. Multi-unit dwellings will receive an additional $1,000 per connector. DAC locations can receive $5,500 per connector, with multi-unit dwellings receiving an additional $1,000 per connector.

The chargers must be EnergyStar certified and networked (OCPP compatible).

Sacramento County Incentive Project

As of this publication, Sacramento County has about $1.8 million in funding remaining for Level 2 chargers only.

Design, engineering, and utility service request costs are eligible costs incurred after December 27, 2018. Rebates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligible sites for Level 2 charger rebates include commercial (public availability), workplace (public or private parking facilities, must be shared-use parking spaces), multi-unit dwelling (public or private parking facilities but must be shared parking spaces), or curbside charging.

The base rebate is up to $5,000 per connector. Multi-unit dwellings will receive an additional $1,000 per connector. DAC locations can receive $5,500 per connector, with multi-unit dwellings receiving an additional $1,000 per connector.

Southern California Incentive Project

There is no funding available in any of these counties.

Fresno County Incentive Project

There is no funding available in this county.

South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Residential EV Charging Incentive Program

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Residential EV Charging Incentive Program provides rebates to residents within the four-county jurisdiction for the installation of Level 2 chargers. The four counties include Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino counties. The program may change or be terminated without prior notice for any reason, including funds being depleted or program goals being met.

The program offers up to $250 or the cost paid for the charger, whichever is lower. Low-income residents can receive a rebate of $500 or the cost of the charger, whichever is lower.

Rebates are limited to one per individual, household, address, or vehicle. Rebates can only cover the cost of the charger, and may not be used toward installation, permits, electrical infrastructure, adapters, or other items.

The charger must be UL listed or certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. The charger must be wall-mounted and permanently installed in a garage, carport, or residential parking space.

No pre-application is required for this program. Self-installation is allowed, as long as final approved building and safety permits showing they were installed safely are provided.

2021 Clean Air Grant: Santa Barbara County

These grants can be used for public chargers, workplace chargers, fleet chargers, DCFCs along freeways, and long-term charging at destination areas (airports, hotels, etc.). Grants can range from $10,000-$250,000, not to exceed 80% of the total eligible project costs. The EV chargers must be certified by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory and equipment must have at least a one-year warranty.

San Joaquin Valley Charge Up Program

The San Joaquin Valley Charge Up Program provides incentives for the installation of Level 2 and DCFCs in San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) territory.

Eligible properties include public agencies, businesses, and multi-unit dwellings.

Public entities must be located in the following counties: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and the Valley Air Basin portion of Kern.

The program provides up to $5,000 per Level 2 single port, up to $6,000 per Level 2 dual-port, and up to $25,000 per DC Fast Charger. The minimum cost share for a DC fast charger is 30% of the total cost.

To be eligible for the program a DCFC must be publicly accessible. Level 2 chargers must meet SAE J1772, and DCFCs must be CHAdeMO or SAE Combo. Chargers must have open-source protocol.

Private entities located outside of the SJVAPCD boundaries can apply for funding, so long as the chargers are installed within SJVAPCD boundaries.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Financing Program (EVCS)

The Electric Vehicle Charging Station Financing Program (EVCS) is funded by the California Energy Commission through the California Capital Access Program (CalCAP).

This financing program provides small businesses with rebates of 10-15% of the loan amount for participants that finance their EV charging equipment. Loans can cover up to 100% of the project costs.

The maximum enrolled loan amount is $500,000 per qualified borrower and can be insured for up to four years (though the actual term of the loan can be longer). The EVCS Program contributes 20% of the principal balance enrolled to a loss reserve account. CalCAP will contribute an additional 10%, up to a maximum of 30%, if the installation is in a multi-unit dwelling or located in a disadvantaged community.

To be eligible, the businesses must have 1,000 or fewer employees. 10% is the base rebate, and 15% is for multi-unit dwellings or installations located in disadvantaged communities.

Small businesses can apply for the rebate after full loan repayment, or 48 months after funding is provided, whichever comes first.

Level 2 chargers must meet SAE J1772 standard, and DCFCs must be CHAdeMO or SAE combination. Level 2 and DCFCs must have open-source protocols.

California Utilities Programs for EV Charging

Alameda Municipal Power

AMP offers up to $5,000 per Level 2 charger and an additional $500 per port for commercial customers. The customer is eligible for a maximum of six Level 2 charging stations, for a maximum incentive of $33,000 or the total cost of the project, whichever is less.

The incentive can be used towards the cost of the charging station, the cost of installation (including electrical upgrades), and city permits.

The application must be submitted after the installation of the EV chargers.

Anaheim Public Utilities - Commercial Program

Anaheim Public Utilities has two commercial EV charging programs: the Public Access Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rebate Program and the EV Fleet Charger & Infrastructure Rebate.
The Public Access Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rebate Program is available to commercial, industrial, and municipal customers. The chargers must be at locations that are accessible to members of the public including patrons, multi-family unit residents, commuters, and visitors.

Under this program, customers can receive a rebate of up to $5,000 per charging station, or $10,000 for school, affordable housing, or publicly accessible DC Fast Chargers with a maximum of 10 charging stations.

Eligible expenses include the cost of the chargers and installation costs. On top of all this, Anaheim Public Utilities will pay the City’s permit application fee for the EV charger.

The customer agrees to maintain and repair the EV charging station equipment.

If the EV chargers are not open to the public, Anaheim Public Utilities only offers rebates for Level 2 charger installations. The program is available to both residential and business customers.

Anaheim Utility's program provides rebates to both commercial customers and schools to electrify their fleet. Businesses are eligible to receive $5,000 per charging station they install and up to $45,000 per location for EV charger infrastructure upgrades. Schools can receive $10,000 per EV charger they install and up to $95,000 per location for infrastructure upgrades.

All program participants with an associated sub-meter installation may receive up to a $5,000 rebate. Anaheim will also pay the applicable city permit fees, reimburse city plan check fees up to $1,500, and electric service connection fees up to $2,000.

The EV Fleet Charger & Infrastructure Rebate program is intended to encourage commercial customers and schools to electrify their vehicle fleets. Business fleet customers receive $5,000 per charging station and up to $45,000 per site for EV infrastructure upgrades. Schools receive $10,000 per EV charger and up to $95,000 per site for EV infrastructure upgrades.

Anaheim Public Utilities - Residential Program

Under the Personal Use EV Chargers program, the charging stations may be used for personal and business purposes without being available to the public.

Eligible expenses include the cost of the chargers, installation, and city permit fees. Anaheim Public Utilities offers up to: Up to $400 per networked or un-networked charger for customers not participating in one of its Time of Use (TOU) programs of EV Rate programs.

Up to $1,000 per networked charger for customers who sign up for one of its Time of Use (TOU) programs of EV Rate programs An additional $2,000 for upgrading service, electrical panels, and other such expenses related to obtaining service to EV Chargers for customers on an applicable EV rate plan

Bear Valley Electric Service

BVES will design, permit, construct, and operate the electrical make-ready infrastructure for up to five Level 2 EV chargers for businesses (peak demand of less than 500kW).

All destination make-ready infrastructure will be paid for and installed by BVES. Applicants must be one of the following: resort, hotel/motel, restaurant, recreation facility, grocery store, or retail. Pre-approval is required for this program.

BVES will reimburse residents for the cost of the design, permit, and install of the electrical infrastructure for one Level 2 EV charger in a dedicated off-street parking spot. BVES, Inc. will reimburse the resident for the costs of adding the submeter, electric panel, conduit, electric runs, and junction box to the EV charger location. Pre-approval is required for this program. An approved contractor must be utilized for the installation.

Burbank Water and Power (BWP)

The Commercial EV Charging Station Rebate Program provides rebates to BWP commercial customers to offset some of the costs of purchasing and installing qualified EV charging stations, including Level 2 charging stations and DC fast chargers. Level 1 charging stations deployed in common areas of multi-family residences may also qualify for a rebate.

Level 1 charging stations must support the SAE International J1772 standard with a minimum output power of 1.4 kW. Level 2 charging stations must support the SAE International J1772 standard with a minimum output power of 3.3 kW. DCFCs must have a minimum output power of 50 kW, and have at least 2 of CHAdeMO, SAE CCS, and/or Tesla charging connectors.

BWP offers a rebate of $3,500 for multi-family residences for Level 1 chargers installed without a utility infrastructure upgrade. For Level 2 or DC fast chargers without a utility infrastructure upgrade, BWP provides $4,000 for multi-family residences, DACs or public access installations can receive $4,000, and other entities can receive $1,800. For Level 2 or DC fast chargers with utility infrastructure upgrades, BWP offers multi-family residences $7,500, DACs or public access $7,500, and other entities $3,500.

BWP offers a $500 rebate per charger for residents who install Level 2 chargers at their homes.

Applications must be submitted within four months after the date of purchase. Applicants are limited to one rebate per residential account. Charger(s) must be Level 2 (240V) and utilize the SAE J1772 charging plug or Tesla’s High Power Wall Connector. EV chargers do not need to be purchased from pre-approved vendors or products list.

City of Palo Alto (CPAU)

City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) offers rebates for schools, non-profits, and multifamily properties that install EV chargers.

Rebates are up to $8,000 per charger, up to a maximum of 10 ports per customer. Rebates are capped at 75% of the installation costs, up to $80,000 per service address.

EV chargers must be installed in shared parking locations and must be made available to all tenants, owners, employees, and guests. Chargers must be Level 2 or higher, with a minimum of a 30A circuit, and must use J1772 plugs. Pre-approval is required for this program. Post-application must be submitted within 180 days of submitting the pre-application.

Colton Public Utilities Department

Commercial applicants can receive up to $5,000 when an approved EV charger with a separate utility meter is installed, or $2,500 when a standard “dumb charger” is installed.

Maximum of one EV charger rebate per business. Applications submitted after installation.

Residential applicants can receive one rebate per household up to $500 for the installation of a Level 2 charger. Applications are submitted after the charger has been installed.

Glendale Water and Power (GWP)

GWP offers rebates for the installation of Level 2 EV chargers at both residential and commercial locations.

For residential customers, incentives are $200 per charger for non-networked chargers and $599 per charger for networked chargers. For commercial customers, incentives are $1,500 per charger for non-networked chargers and $3,000 per charger for networked chargers. Commercial and multifamily customers can receive an additional $3,000 per charger if any of the following criteria are met:

1. Are publicly accessible during regular business hours.
2. Are DC fast chargers with at least 2 charging ports.
3. Accessible to students and patrons of schools recognized by the Los Angeles County Department of Education or the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
4. Installed at disadvantaged communities. Installed at income-qualified housing structures serving 80% or more income-qualified customers.
5. Applications must be submitted within four months of the installation of the chargers. Incentives are limited to two per residential account, and $50,000 for multi-family and commercial accounts, and cannot exceed the purchase price of the chargers.

The incentives can be used for SAE J1772 charging plugs or Tesla’s High Power Wall Connector. EV chargers do not need to be purchased from pre-approved vendors or products list.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

GWP offers rebates for the installation of Level 2 EV chargers at both residential and commercial locations.

For residential customers, incentives are $200 per charger for non-networked chargers and $599 per charger for networked chargers. For commercial customers, incentives are $1,500 per charger for non-networked chargers and $3,000 per charger for networked chargers. Commercial and multifamily customers can receive an additional $3,000 per charger if any of the following criteria are met:

1. Are publicly accessible during regular business hours.
2. Are DC fast chargers with at least 2 charging ports.
3. Accessible to students and patrons of schools recognized by the Los Angeles County Department of Education or the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
4. Installed at disadvantaged communities. Installed at income-qualified housing structures serving 80% or more income-qualified customers.
5. Applications must be submitted within four months of the installation of the chargers. Incentives are limited to two per residential account, and $50,000 for multi-family and commercial accounts, and cannot exceed the purchase price of the chargers.

The incentives can be used for SAE J1772 charging plugs or Tesla’s High Power Wall Connector. EV chargers do not need to be purchased from pre-approved vendors or products list.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

LADWP offers incentives to commercial customers for the installation of Level 2, DCFC, and medium- and heavy-duty charging stations through their Commercial EV Charging Station Rebate Program. The program will open up for applications on November 19, 2021.

The incentives are as follows: up to $4,000 per Level 2 charging station, with an additional $1,000 for disadvantaged communities, up to $75,000 per DCFC, and up to $125,000 per medium- or heavy-duty charger.

The customer is responsible for maintaining the charging stations. EV chargers do not need to be purchased from pre-approved vendors or products list.

Level 2 chargers must have an output power of 6.2kW or more, a standard J1772 connector, and be listed with a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Level 2 chargers do not need to be publicly accessible. The number of available rebates per site is based on the number of parking spaces at the location.

DCFCs require a 50kW minimum output power and be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Sites with DCFCs require at least one CHAdeMO connector and at least 50% of the connectors must be CCS. The rebate amount and number of rebates per site is based on the output power of the chargers.

Incentives are also available for medium and heavy-duty EV charging stations. AC charging stations are required to have a power output greater than 6.2kW, and DC charging stations are required to have greater than 24kW of power output. Charging stations must be certified/listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or field tested with approval by an approved testing agency.

LADWP’s Charge Up LA! program offers incentives to residential customers to help offset the costs of EV charging stations. These incentives include up to $500 for a Level 2 charger, and $250 for the dedicated EV meter. Eligible costs are limited to the hardware costs. Installation costs are not eligible. Applications must be submitted within 12 months from the purchase date of the EV charging station.

Lodi Electric Utility

The City of Lodi offers up to $2,000 for the purchase and installation of Level 2 EV chargers, $1,000 for the purchase of the charger, and $1,000 to cover costs of permitting, installation, and electrical work.

Applications must be submitted within 180 days of the purchase of the chargers.

Pasadena Water and Power (PWP)

PWP offers a $3,000 per charger rebate to commercial customers for the installation of Level 2 charging stations. The $3,000 applies to each port of a multiple port charger, assuming each user can charge simultaneously at full capacity.

The incentive can increase to up to $6,000 per charger for the following sites:

1. Publicly-accessible charging stations, at a minimum, during regular business hours. This offer is only effective until September 30, 2021.
2. Any DC fast chargers with at least 2 charging ports.
3. Accessible to students and patrons of schools recognized by the Los Angeles County Department of Education or the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
4. Installed at disadvantaged communities.
5. Installed at income-qualified housing structures serving 80% or more income-qualified customers.

Incentives are capped at $50,000 for multi-family and commercial accounts, and cannot exceed the purchase price of the chargers. Non-networked charging stations are eligible for $1,500 per charger, with a cap of $15,000 per site, account, or customer.

Applications must be submitted within 180 days of the charger installation. Level 2 chargers must be J1772 charging ports, DCFC can be SAE Combo, the CHAdeMO, Tesla, or approved equivalent by PWP.

EV chargers do not need to be purchased from a pre-approved vendors or products list.

Residential customers are eligible for a $600 rebate for the installation of a wifi-enabled Level 2 charger. The incentive decreases to $200 if the charger is non-wifi enabled.

Applications must be submitted within 180 days of purchase and installation of the chargers. Applicants are limited to 2 chargers per residential address.

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

PG&E offers four different programs for EV chargers: EV Fast Charge, EV Fleet Program, and EV Charge Network, and the Empower EV Program. The EV Charge Network is currently closed due to funds running out.

For the EV Fast Charge program, PG&E pays for and owns the electrical infrastructure from pole to parking space, but will not own the chargers. This applies to all communities. If the location is in a disadvantaged community, the customer is also eligible for a $25,000 per charger incentive.

The chargers must be publicly available. The chargers must be purchased from a PG&E-approved vendor. Pre-approval is required for this program.

The EV Fleet Program offers infrastructure incentives and charger rebates to offset costs for fleets. EV supply infrastructure can be utility or customer-owned.

PG&E will construct, own, and maintain all electrical infrastructure from the transformer to the customer’s meter. In some instances, PG&E will also cover behind-the-meter infrastructure.

In addition, school buses, transit buses, and disadvantaged communities are eligible for charging station rebates, which are based on the power of the EV chargers. 50kW are eligible for up to $15,000 per charger, 50.1kW-149.9kW are eligible for up to $25,000 per charger, and 150+kW are eligible for up to $42,000 per charger, or 50% of the cost of the chargers, whichever is less.

The customer must have a minimum of two fleet vehicles, and cannot receive incentives for more than 25 vehicles. The chargers must be purchased from a PG&E-approved vendor. Pre-approval is required for this program.

The EV Charge Network Program offers multi-unit dwellings and workplaces $575-$2,300 per port for the installation of Level 2 chargers. PG&E will also cover up to 80% of the infrastructure costs.

Applicants are required to have a minimum of 10 adjoining EV spaces. The chargers must be purchased from a PG&E-approved vendor. Pre-approval is required for this program. PG&E’s Empower EV Program provides incentives to income-eligible households for the installation of EV charging equipment. PG&E will cover up to $500 for Level 1 or Level 2 chargers, and up to $2,000 for the installation of the program supplied EV charging equipment and/or panel upgrades. The customer must verify income eligibility to qualify for the incentive:

$51,040 for a one-person household
$68,960 for a two-person household
$86,880 for a three-person household
$104,800 for a four-person household
$122,720 for a five-person household

Note: Enrollment for the Empower EV program opens in spring 2022.

Rancho Cucamonga Municipal Utility (RCMU)

RCMU offers incentives for commercial customers of up to $4,000 per charger, plus $1,000 for an additional port, totaling $5,000 per dual-port charger.

RCMU also offers $5,000 per DCFC. A maximum of 2 EV charger rebates is available per business location or multi-residential property with a total rebate of $10,000.

The customer must have a minimum of 5 parking spots to qualify for one Level 2 or DCFC charger, and a minimum of 10 parking spots to qualify for two Level 2 or DCFC chargers.

Chargers can be either owned by the customer or a third party. Chargers must utilize the SAE J1772, CCS/SSE, or CHAdeMO charging plug. Applications must be submitted within 6 months of the charger purchase date. EV chargers do not need to be purchased from pre-approved vendors or products list. RCMU offers incentives for residential customers of up to $500 per charger for the installation of Level 2 chargers. Chargers must be purchased between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2023.

Applications must be submitted within six months of the charger purchase date. Applicants are eligible for one rebate. EV chargers do not need to be purchased from pre-approved vendors or products list.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

SMUD offers incentives to customers that install EV chargers both for fleets and on-site commercial applications. EV charger incentives are as follows:

Level 1 chargers: $500 per handle
Level 2 chargers: $4,500 per handle, max of 20 incentivized per project
Public DCFC’s: $30,000 per DCFC unit, max of two incentivized per project
School bus DC chargers < 25kW: $7,500 per DCFC unit, max of 10 incentivized per project
School bus DC chargers > 50kW: $15,000 per DCFC unit, max of two incentivized per project

In addition, projects are eligible for a $5,000 per project incentive for transformer upgrades if projects require a transformer upgrade, in addition to $1,000 per project for electrical panel upgrades if required.

A maximum of 20 Level 2 chargers can be incentivized, and a maximum of two public DCFC’s can be incentivized per project.

All EV chargers must be J1772, CCS, or CHAdeMO. Projects cannot receive funding from both CALeVIP and SMUD incentives on the same EV charging unit. Pre-approval is required for all programs. Once pre-approval is received, the customer has 9 months to complete installation if line work is not required, and 18 months if line work is required.

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)

SDG&E offers two different programs for commercial EV chargers: Power Your Drive for Fleets and Power Your Drive. The Power Your Drive program is currently closed due to funds running out.

In the Power Your Drive for Fleets program, SDG&E helps install make-ready charging infrastructure for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles. SDG&E will cover 100% of the utility side infrastructure.

If the customer decides to have the chargers be SDG&E owned, SDG&E will also cover the costs of the customer-side infrastructure and the charging stations.

If the customer decides to own the chargers, the customers will pay for the customer-side infrastructure and charging stations.

If the chargers are customer-owned, SDG&E offers rebates up to 80% of the cost of the customer-side infrastructure.

If the customer is located in a disadvantaged community and is not a Fortune 1000 company, customers are also eligible for rebates ranging from $3,000-$75,000 per charger, up to 50% of the cost of the charger. The range is based on the power of the EV chargers.

Chargers must be purchased from an approved vendor, and a minimum of two electric fleet vehicles is required. Pre-approval is required for this program.

Power Your Drive makes EV charging stations available for apartment and condo dwellers, as well as workplace employees. No details are available about the program since it is fully subscribed at this time.

Silicon Valley Power (SVP)

SVP partnered with CALeVIP to offer incentives for the installation of Level 2 and DCFC EV chargers.

The program is currently closed, as all funding has been reserved.

Southern California Edison (SCE)

SCE has several EV charging programs. SCE offers incentives to commercial, multi-family, and public sector facilities through their Charge Ready Program. The Charge Ready Program only offers rebates for Level 1 and Level 2 chargers, DC fast chargers are not included. There are three Charge Ready Programs available: the Turn-Key Installation Program, the Charging Infrastructure and Rebate Program, and the New Construction Rebate Program.

Through the Charging Infrastructure and Rebate Program for commercial buildings, SCE offers rebates for the design-build and installation of the EV infrastructure. Commercial buildings include businesses, public sector buildings, and municipal facilities.

SCE will design, construct, and install all of the necessary make-ready infrastructure on both the utility- and customer-side of the meter. Customers can decide to install the customer-side of the make-ready infrastructure and qualify for a rebate of up to 80% of what SCE estimates the construction to cost.

Incentives are available for both Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations and customers can opt for a mix of different levels of charging stations.

Applicants must plan to install four or more EV charging ports from SCE’s Approved Product List. The applicants’ project site(s) must be located within SCE territory.

The EV charging equipment must be operational for at least 10 years. Participants must enroll in a Time-Of-Use (TOU) rate plan and a qualifying Demand Response program. Participants’ EV charging equipment must be networked and usage and pricing information must be shared with SCE.

Under the Turn-Key Installation Program, SCE will design, construct, install, operate, and maintain EV charging equipment for multi-family properties located in designated Disadvantaged Communities (DAC). Participants will only be responsible for paying the associated utility bill.

Participants must enroll in a Time-Of-Use (TOU) rate plan, a Demand Response Program, and share pricing and usage data with SCE. The New Construction Rebate Program is for developers of new multi-family housing. Rebates of up to $3,500 per port are available for Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations. The program is available through 2025, or until funding is fully subscribed.

To qualify for the New Construction Rebate Program, a site must exceed code by either, 1) Installing additional infrastructure and operational charging stations on top of EV-capable requirements as defined in CALGreen; or 2) Installing additional infrastructure and operational charging stations above the minimum number of required EV spaces as defined in CALGreen.

The property must be located within SCE service territory and charging equipment must be selected from SCE’s Approved Product List. The equipment must remain operational for at least 10 years. The EV chargers must be networked with the usage and pricing information to be shared with SCE. Participants must enroll in one of SCE’s Time-Of-Use (TOU) rate plans.

The Charge Ready Transport program provides EV charging rebates for electric vehicle truck and bus fleet operations.

Through the program, SCE will design, secure permits, project manage, and install the necessary EV infrastructure. Participants can choose to perform the customer-side of the make-ready infrastructure and receive a make-ready rebate.

SCE will also install a separate meter dedicated to the EV charging infrastructure and waive customer demand charges through 2024 with commercial EV rates.

To qualify, fleet owners and operators must lease or purchase at least two medium- or heavy-duty battery-powered EVs or convert at least two fossil-fuel vehicles to electric. The EV charging equipment must be from SCE’s approved list. SCE will also need to approve the quantity of the EV charging equipment. The charging equipment must be in operation for at least 10 years. The customer will also have to provide charging equipment usage data for a minimum of five years.

Federal EV Charging Rebate – The Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit – Commercial and Residential

The federal government offers a tax credit for EV charging stations known as the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit that covers equipment and installation costs. Commercial EV chargers, infrastructure, and installation costs can receive a tax credit of up to 30%, or up to $30,000. Residential installation can receive a credit of up to $1,000.

The federal tax credit was extended through December 31, 2021. The tax credit is retroactive and you can apply for installations made from as far back as 2017.

Incentives, rebates, and tax credits can be combined and used for multiple money-saving opportunities.

This program is currently closed as December 31, 2021 deadline has passed.


Applying for California EV Charging Rebates

As you can see from this detailed list of EV charging rebates, the process for applying for EV charging rebates depends on the agency offering the rebate.

Some rebate programs require you to purchase EV chargers from an approved list, while others don’t have that requirement. Some require you to acquire pre-approval before applying, while others allow you to apply for the incentives after the EV charging equipment has been installed. 

Each one has its requirements that must be met before you receive the rebate. 

Applying for EV charging rebates in California can easily become confusing and you could lose the rebate if you don’t follow all the instructions correctly.

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