Up to $29M Available for Public EV Chargers in Southern California

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The California Energy Commission and Center for Sustainable Energy have launched a rebate project to increase publicly available and widely accessible electric vehicle fast-charging locations for plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) throughout Southern California in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Up to $29 million is now available through the Southern California Incentive Project (SCIP) to install charging stations in the four-county area. SCIP is an initiative of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), which works with community partners to develop and implement regional incentive projects that support the installation of charging infrastructure statewide.

CALeVIP and its regional projects are implemented by CSE and funded by the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which supports innovations in transportation and fuel technologies.  California aims to get 5 million EVs on its roads by 2030 and install 250,000 vehicle charging stations to support those vehicles.

Keeping pace with demand

“California is transitioning to zero-emission vehicles, cars with no tailpipe pollution, to meet its clean air standards and climate change goals. To make this transition, charging infrastructure must keep pace with the demand for plug-in electric vehicles,” said Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott. “The Energy Commission is pleased to expand CALeVIP from Fresno to Southern California, continuing to increase access to chargers and make electric vehicles a viable option for consumers.”

SCIP is currently accepting applications from eligible businesses and public entities for rebates for DC fast charger installations of up to $70,000 per DC fast charger or 75 percent of the total installation project’s cost, whichever is less. DC fast chargers can power most EVs and provide over 100 miles of driving range per hour of charging, which is ideal for on-the-go charging.

Rebates of up to $80,000, or 80 percent of total costs, are available in designated disadvantaged communities. Eligible SCIP applicants can apply for multiple charger rebates.

“With the growing number of Southern California car shoppers choosing electric vehicles, it is increasingly important that fast charging be available at convenient locations, along the highways and at common destinations,” said Andy Hoskinson, CSE senior manager for EV initiatives. “The increased rebates for disadvantaged communities are particularly significant as these neighborhoods are often more heavily impacted by traffic and poor air quality.”

CSE manages a variety of statewide incentive programs for electric vehicles and electrical vehicle charging infrastructure in California, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

How CALeVIP works

CALeVIP’s first incentive project was launched in Fresno County in December 2017, and others are slated for other areas of the state. CALeVIP is currently funded for more than $33 million.

Property owners and managers can learn how plug-in EV charging works, how to plan installations and manage chargers and how to apply for rebates for qualifying charger installations by visiting the CALeVIP website. The website also lists other government and utility incentive programs for EV charging infrastructure. For more information, visit CALeVIP.org.

Chuck Colgan