New Online Hub for Electric Vehicle Charging in California

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New online resources are now available to help Californians finance and install plug-in electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment at public locations to meet the growing demands of plug-in EV drivers.

Funded by the California Energy Commission and implemented by CSE, the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) works with community partners to develop regional incentive projects to install plug-in EV chargers and accelerate the expansion of charging infrastructure. The project currently has more than $39 million in available funding, with the potential to receive up to $200 million.

CALeVIP is designed to encourage businesses, apartments, condominiums, workplaces and public agencies to install plug-in EV chargers. Property owners and managers can learn how plug-in EV charging works, how to plan and manage chargers and how to receive substantial cash rebates for qualifying charger installations by visiting calevip.org. Manufacturers and installers of plug-in EV charging equipment can also learn how to participate in the project by visiting the website.

CALeVIP supports the executive order issued by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in January 2018 to expedite the rollout of zero-emission vehicles and supporting charging and refueling infrastructure. The project also advances ongoing state efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants produced by vehicles powered by fossil fuels.

“The Energy Commission is pleased to launch the CALeVIP website with the Center for Sustainable Energy and to provide the public with tools that will help increase access to the charging infrastructure that makes plug-in electric vehicles a more viable option for communities across California,” said Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott. “Increasing this access is critical as the state transitions to cleaner transportation in order to meet clean air standards and climate goals.”

Fresno County Incentive Project underway

The first CALeVIP regional plug-in EV charging infrastructure project launched in Fresno County last December and offers rebates of $4,000 for single-port chargers and $7,000 for dual-port chargers. CALeVIP will initiate additional regional incentive projects as funding becomes available.

“With the growing number of California car shoppers choosing to buy or lease electric vehicles, it is increasingly important that public charging stations be established at convenient locations, along the highways and at common destinations,” said Andy Hoskinson, CSE’s senior manager for EV initiatives.

CALeVIP and its regional incentive projects are made possible through a grant by the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which supports innovations in transportation and fuel technologies.

For more information and project updates, visit the CALeVIP website.

Chuck Colgan