Plug-In San Diego FAQs

Listed are frequently asked questions about electric vehicles, charging, infrastructure, costs, incentives and more.

Electric Vehicle (EV) and Charger Basics

  1. Basic EV Terminology
  1. How does the EV charger, also known as an electric vehicle charging station (EVCS), work?
  1. What is a kilowatt?
  1. What is a kilowatt-hour?
  1. What are the types of charging stations?
  1. How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?
  1. How far can you go on a single charge?
  1. Where can I charge my electric vehicle?
  1. Where can I find public charging stations?
  1. Is the maintenance of an electric car different from a gasoline car?

Policy and Regional Planning

  1. What are local governments in California required to do in regards to electric vehicles?
  1. How are local San Diego governments planning for electric vehicles?
  1. How many EVs are in my jurisdiction?
  1. What are California’s EV goals?
  1. What do these state goals mean for the San Diego region?

System Design

  1. What is the difference between a networked and non-networked EV charging unit?
  1. If the charging unit is networked, what are types of network capabilities that are available?

Installing EV Charging Infrastructure

  1. What electrical requirements are needed to install EVCS?
  1. What is the EVSE unit amperage rating for the different types of chargers?
  1. Where should I site EVCS in my city?
  1. What type of EV charger should I install at my single-family home or townhouse?
  1. What do I need to know for installing charging at nonresidential properties (businesses, multifamily dwellings, workplaces)?
  1. Where should I install the chargers on my property?
  1. Who do I need to coordinate with to install the charger?
  1. Where can I find a list of EV service providers in the San Diego area?
  1. Where can I find a list of EV installers in the San Diego area?


  1. How much does a charging unit cost?
  1. How much are installation costs?
  1. How much are network service fees per charge port?

Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Incentives

  1. What are the current state and federal incentives?
  1. What funding or financing opportunities are available for installing charging stations?