Electricity Laws and Incentives in California

The list below contains summaries of all California laws and incentives related to electricity.

Laws and Regulations

Establishment of Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and Near-ZEV Component Rebates

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will establish the Zero Emission Assurance Project (ZAP) to offer rebates for the replacement of a battery, fuel cell, or other related vehicle component for eligible used ZEVs and near-ZEVs. Rebates will be limited to one per vehicle. By January 1, 2024, CARB must publish a report to the legislature detailing the number of rebates awarded, the emissions benefits of the ZAP, and the impacts of the ZAP on low-income consumer decisions to purchase zero and near-zero emissions vehicles. A ZEV is defined as a vehicle that produces no criteria pollutant, toxic air contaminant, or greenhouse gas emissions when stationary or operating. A near-ZEV is a vehicle that uses zero emission technologies, uses technologies that provide a pathway to zero emission operations, or incorporates other technologies that significantly reduce vehicle emissions. Rebates will be available through July 31, 2025. (Reference California Health and Safety Code 44274.9)

Access to Electric Vehicle (EV) Registration Records

The California Department of Motor Vehicles may disclose to an electrical corporation or local publicly owned utility a EV owner’s address and vehicle type if the information is used exclusively to identify where the EV is registered. (Reference California Vehicle Code 1808.23)

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Parking Incentive Programs

The California Department of General Services (DGS) and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) must develop and implement AFV parking incentive programs in public parking facilities operated by DGS with 50 or more parking spaces and park-and-ride lots owned and operated by Caltrans. The incentives must provide meaningful and tangible benefits to drivers, such as preferential spaces, reduced fees, and fueling infrastructure. Fueling infrastructure built at park-and-ride lots is not subject to restricted use by those using bicycles, public transit, or ridesharing. (Reference California Public Resources Code 25722.9)

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Fueling Infrastructure Grants

The Motor Vehicle Registration Fee Program (Program) provides funding for projects that reduce air pollution from on- and off-road vehicles. Eligible projects include purchasing AFVs and developing alternative fueling infrastructure. For more information, including grant funding and distribution, contact local air districts and see the Program website for more information about available grant funding and distribution from the Program. (Reference California Health and Safety Code 44220 (b))

Alternative Fuel and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Retrofit Regulations

Converting a vehicle to operate on an alternative fuel in lieu of the original gasoline or diesel fuel is prohibited unless the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has evaluated and certified the retrofit system. CARB will issue certification to the manufacturer of the system in the form of an Executive Order once the manufacturer demonstrates compliance with the emissions, warranty, and durability requirements. A manufacturer is defined as a person or company who manufactures or assembles an alternative fuel retrofit system for sale in California; this definition does not include individuals wishing to convert vehicles for personal use. Individuals interested in converting their vehicles to operate on an alternative fuel must ensure that the alternative fuel retrofit systems used for their vehicles have been CARB certified. For more information, see the CARB Alternative Fuel Retrofit Systems website.

A hybrid electric vehicle that is Model Year 2000 or newer and is a passenger car, light-duty truck, or medium-duty vehicle may be converted to incorporate off-vehicle charging capability if the manufacturer demonstrates compliance with emissions, warranty, and durability requirements. CARB issues certification to the manufacturer and the vehicle must meet California emissions standards for the model year of the original vehicle.

(Reference California Code of Regulations Title 13, Section 2030-2032, and California Vehicle Code 27156)

Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Policy Development

The California Energy Commission (CEC) must prepare and submit an Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) to the governor on a biannual basis. The IEPR provides an overview of major energy trends and issues facing the state, including those related to transportation fuels, technologies, and infrastructure. The IEPR also examines potential effects of alternative fuels use, vehicle efficiency improvements, and shifts in transportation modes on public health and safety, the economy, resources, the environment, and energy security. The IEPR's primary purpose is to develop energy policies that conserve resources, protect the environment, ensure energy reliability, enhance the state's economy, and protect public health and safety.

As of November 1, 2015, and every four years thereafter, the CEC must also include in the IEPR strategies to maximize the benefits of natural gas in various sectors. This includes the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel. For more information, see the 2020 Integrated Energy Policy Report. (Reference California Public Resources Code 25302 and 25303.5)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Access

Municipalities may not restrict the types of EVs, such as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, that may access a EV charging station that is public, intended for passenger vehicle use, and funded in any part by the state or utility ratepayers. (Reference California Government Code 65850.9)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Electricity Exemption

Electricity used to charge EVs at a state-owned parking facility is exempt from California law prohibiting gifting public money or items of value. (Reference California Government Code 14678)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Requirements

New EVs must be equipped with a conductive charger inlet port that meets the specifications contained in Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standard J1772. EVs must be equipped with an on-board charger with a minimum output of 3.3 kilowatts (kW). These requirements do not apply to EVs that are only capable of Level 1 charging, which has a maximum power of 12 amperes (amps), a branch circuit rating of 15 amps, and continuous power of 1.44 kW. (Reference California Code of Regulations Title 13, Section 1962.3)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Assessment

The California State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Commission), in partnership with the California Air Resources Board and the California Public Utility Commission, must publish a statewide assessment of the EV charging station infrastructure needed to support the levels of plug-in electric vehicle adoption required for at least five million zero emission vehicles to operate on California roads by 2030. The Commission must consider the EV charging station infrastructure needs for all vehicle categories, including on-road, off-road, port, and airport vehicles. In addition, the assessment must analyze the existing and future infrastructure needs across California, including in low-income communities. The assessment must be updated at least once every two years. (Reference California Public Resources Code 25229)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Billing Requirements

EV charging station charging rates must be based on a price per megajoule or kilowatt-hour. All EV charging stations must be able to indicate the billing rate at any point during a transaction. Existing Level 2 EV charging stations installed before January 1, 2021, must be updated by January 1, 2031, and Level 2 EV charging stations installed after January 1, 2021, must comply upon installation. Existing direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations installed before January 1, 2023, must be updated by January 1, 2033, and DCFC installed after January 1, 2023, must comply upon installation.

(Reference California Code of Regulations Title 4, Section 4001 and 4002.11)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Certification and Training Requirements

All EV charging stations funded or authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC), or the state board, must be installed by a licensed contractor. At least one electrician on each installation must hold an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) certification.

The CEC and CPUC must conduct joint public workshops to determine if the EVITP curriculum and testing should be supplemented to ensure safe EV charging station installation. The EVITP must offer courses in an online format that would remain available through December 31, 2024.

(Reference California Public Utilities Code Section 740.20)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Local Permitting Policies

All cities and counties, including charter cities, must adopt an ordinance that creates an expedited and streamlined permitting process for EV charging stations. By January 1, 2022, cities and counties must approve applications to install EV charging stations within five to ten business days, depending on the number of stations proposed in the application. Applications will be approved after 20 to 40 business days, if the county or city does not approve the application, the building official does not deny the application, or the city or county does not submit an appeal. Each city or county must consult with the local fire department or district and the utility director to develop the ordinance, which must include a checklist of all requirements for EV charging stations to be eligible for expedited review. A complete application that is consistent with the city or county ordinance must be approved, and entities submitting incomplete applications must be notified of the necessary required information to be granted expedited permit issuance. (Reference Assembly Bill 970, 2021, California Government Code 65850.7)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Location Assessment

The State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Commission), in partnership with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), must assess whether EV charging stations in California is located disproportionately by population density, geographical area, or population income level. If the Commission and CARB determine that EV charging stations have been disproportionately installed, the Commission must use funding from the Clean Transportation Program, as well as other funding sources, to proportionately install new EV charging stations, unless it is determined that the current locations of EV charging stations are reasonable and further California’s energy or environmental policy goals. (Reference California Public Resources Code 25231)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Open Access Requirements

EV charging station service providers may not charge a subscription fee or require membership for use of their public charging stations. In addition, providers must disclose the actual charges for using public EV charging stations at the point of sale; allow at least two options for payment; install the Open Charge Point interoperability billing standard on each EV charging station; and disclose the EV charging station geographic location, schedule of fees, accepted methods of payment, and network roaming charges to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Exceptions apply. For more information, see the California Air Resources Board EV Charging Station Standards website. (Reference California Health and Safety Code 44268 and 44268.2)EV Charging Station

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Policies for Multi-Unit Dwellings

A common interest development, including a community apartment, condominium, and cooperative development, may not prohibit or restrict the installation or use of EV charging stations or EV-dedicated time-of-use (TOU) meter in a homeowner’s designated parking space or unit. These entities may put reasonable restrictions on EV charging stations, but the policies may not significantly increase the cost of the EV charging stations or significantly decrease its efficiency or performance. Restrictions may be placed on TOU meter installations if they are based on the structure of or available space in the building. If installation in the homeowner’s designated parking space or unit is not possible, with authorization, the homeowner may add EV charging stations or a EV-dedicated TOU meter in a common area. The homeowner must obtain appropriate approvals from the common interest development association and agree in writing to comply with applicable architectural standards, engage a licensed installation contractor, provide a certificate of insurance, and pay for the electricity usage, maintenance, and other costs associated with the EV charging stations or TOU meter.

Any application for approval should be processed by the common interest development association without willful avoidance or delay. The homeowner and each successive homeowner of the parking space or unit equipped with EV charging stations or a TOU meter is responsible for the cost of the installation, maintenance, repair, removal, or replacement of the equipment, as well as any resulting damage to the EV charging stations, TOU meter, or surrounding area. The homeowner must also maintain a $1 million umbrella liability coverage policy and name the common interest development as an additional insured entity under the policy. If EV charging stations or a EV-dedicated TOU meter is installed in a common area for use by all members of the association, the common interest development must develop terms for use of the EV charging stations or TOU meter.

(Reference California Civil Code 4745 and 6713)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Policies for Residential and Commercial Renters

The lessor of a dwelling or commercial property must approve written requests from a lessee to install EV charging station at a parking space allotted for the lessee on qualified properties. Certain exclusions apply to residential dwellings and commercial properties. All modifications and improvements must comply with federal, state, and local laws and all applicable zoning and land use requirements, covenants, conditions, and restrictions. The lessee of the parking space equipped with EV charging station is responsible for the cost of the installation, maintenance, repair, removal, or replacement of the equipment, electricity consumption, as well as any resulting damage to the EV charging station or surrounding area. Unless the EV charging station is certified by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory and electrical upgrades are performed by a licensed electrician, the lessee must also maintain a personal liability coverage policy in an amount of up to 10 times the annual rent of the dwelling. (Reference California Civil Code 1947.6, 1952.7, and 6713)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Signage Authorization on Highways

EV charging station facilities located at roadside businesses are eligible to be included on state highway exit information signs. Signage must be consistent with California’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. (Reference California Streets and Highway Code 101.7)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Grid Integration Requirements

By December 31, 2020, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) must establish strategies and metrics to maximize the use of EV grid integration for a ten-year plan. The PUC must also consider how to limit cost increases for all ratepayers. EV grid integration refers to any action that optimizes when or how a EV is charged. Electrical corporations and community choice aggregators serving more than 700 gigawatt-hours of annual electrical demand, must provide the PUC with information relating to EV integration strategies. Additional terms and conditions apply. (Reference California Public Utilities Code 740.16)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Information Resource

The California Energy Commission, in consultation with the Public Utilities Commission, must develop and maintain a website containing specific links to electrical corporations, local publicly owned electric utilities, and other websites that contain information specific to EVs, including the following:

  • Resources to help consumers determine if their residences will require utility service upgrades to accommodate EVs;
  • Basic charging circuit requirements;
  • Utility rate options; and
  • Load management techniques.

(Reference California Public Resources Code 25227)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Parking Space Regulation

An individual may not park a motor vehicle within any on- or off-street parking space specifically designated by a local authority for parking and charging EVs unless the vehicle is a EV fueled by electricity. Eligible EVs must be in the process of charging to park in the space. A person found responsible for a violation is subject to traffic violation penalties.

EV parking spaces count as at least one space toward minimum parking requirements.

(Reference California Vehicle Code 22511)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Pilot Programs

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) may provide funding for pilot utility programs to install EV charging stations at school facilities, other educational institutions, and state parks or beaches. Priority must be given to locations in disadvantaged communities, as defined by the California Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, see the CPUC project guidance and the CPUC Zero Emission Vehicles website. (Reference California Public Utilities Code 740.13-740.14)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Support

The Public Utilities Commission must consider the following to support EVs in California:

  • Strategies to facilitate the development of technologies that promote grid integration, including technologies with submetering capabilities for residential EV chargers, if implementing these technologies is in the interest of ratepayers;
  • Policies that support the development of technologies and rate strategies that reduce the impact of demand charges of EV drivers and fleets and to accelerate the adoption of EVs; and
  • A tariff specific to heavy-duty EV fleets that encourages EV charging when there is excess grid capacity.

(Reference California Public Utilities Code 740.15)

Establishment of a Zero Emission Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Program

The California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program (Program) will provide funding for development, demonstration, pre-commercial pilot, and early commercial implementation projects for zero and near-zero emission trucks, buses, and off-road vehicles and equipment. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Technology development, demonstration, pre-commercial pilots, and early commercial implementation projects for zero and near-zero emission truck technology;
  • Zero and near-zero emission bus technology development, demonstration, pre-commercial pilots, and early commercial deployments, including pilots of multiple vehicles at one site or region;
  • Purchase incentives for commercially available zero and near-zero emission truck, bus, and off-road vehicle and equipment technologies and fueling infrastructure; and
  • Projects that support greater commercial motor vehicle and equipment freight efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, including autonomous vehicles, grid integration technology, and charge management solutions.
Remanufactured and retrofitted vehicles meeting warranty and emissions requirements may also qualify for funding. At least 20% of allocated funds must go towards early commercial deployment of eligible vehicles and equipment. The California Air Resources Board and the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission will develop and administer the Program.

(Reference California Health and Safety Code 39719.2)

Fleet Vehicle Procurement Requirements

When awarding a vehicle procurement contract, every city, county, and special district, including school and community college districts, may require that 75% of the passenger cars and/or light-duty trucks acquired be energy-efficient vehicles. This includes hybrid electric vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles that meet California's advanced technology partial zero emission vehicle standards. Vehicle procurement contract evaluations may consider fuel economy and life cycle factors for scoring purposes. (Reference California Public Resources Code 25725-25726)

Light-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Requirement

All sales of new light-duty passenger vehicles in California must be ZEVs by 2035. ZEVs include battery-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will develop regulations related to in-state sales of new light-duty cars and trucks. CARB will also work with state agencies to develop a ZEV Market Development Strategy (Strategy) to support these regulations and assess statewide ZEV infrastructure by January 31, 2021. The Strategy will be updated triennially. (Reference Executive Order N-79-20)

Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Standards

California's LEV II exhaust emissions standards apply to Model Year (MY) 2004 and subsequent model year passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles meeting specified exhaust standards. The LEV II standards represent the maximum exhaust emissions for LEVs, Ultra LEVs, and Super Ultra LEVs, including flexible fuel, bi-fuel, and dual-fuel vehicles when operating on an alternative fuel. MY 2009 and subsequent model year passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles must meet specified fleet average greenhouse gas (GHG) exhaust emissions requirements. Each manufacturer must comply with these fleet average GHG requirements, which are based on California Air Resources Board (CARB) calculations. Bi-fuel, flexible fuel, dual-fuel, and grid-connected hybrid electric vehicles may be eligible for an alternative compliance method.

In December 2012, CARB finalized regulatory requirements, referred to as LEV III, which allow vehicle manufacturer compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's GHG requirements for MY 2017-2025 to serve as compliance with California's adopted GHG emissions requirements for those same model years. For more information, see the CARB LEVII and LEV III Program websites for more information. (Reference California Code of Regulations Title 13, Section 1961-1961.3)

Mandatory Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Building Standards

The California Building Standards Commission published mandatory building standards requiring pre-wiring for EV charging station installation in parking spaces at one- and two-family dwellings with attached private garages, multi-family dwellings, commercial facilities, and public buildings in the California Green Building Standards Code within the California Building Standards Code.

Minimum EV charging station prewiring installation requirements are based on the number of parking spaces, per parking facility, as follows:

Total Actual Parking Spaces Required EV Charging Station Spaces
0 to 9 0
10 to 25 1
26 to 50 2
51 to 75 4
76 to 100 5
101 to 151 7
151 to 200 10
201 and over 6% of total parking spaces

Public facilities must also install handicap-accessible EV charging stations when installing new or additional EV charging stations. Minimum accessible EV charging station installation requirements, per parking facility, are as follows:

Total EV Charging Stations Van Accessible EV Charging Stations Standard Accessible EV Charging Stations Ambulatory Accessible EV Charging Stations
1 to 4 1 0 0
5 to 25 1 1 0
26 to 50 1 1 1
51 to 75 1 2 2
76 to 100 1 3 3
101 and over 1, plus 1 for each 300, or fraction thereof, over 100 3, plus 1 for each 60, or fraction thereof, over 100 3, plus 1 for each 50, or fraction thereof, over 100

In cases in which EV charging stations can simultaneously charge more than one vehicle, the number of EV charging stations provided shall be considered equivalent to the number of electric vehicles that can be simultaneously charged.

For more information, including exemptions and additional regulations, see the California Building Codes Standards Commission website. (Reference California Health and Safety Code 18941.10, California Building Code Chapter 2, and California Green Building Standards Title 24, Part 11)

Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Deployment Support

California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington (signatory states) signed a memorandum of understanding(MOU) to support the deployment of medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs through involvement in a Multi-State ZEV Task Force (Task Force).

By January 2021, the Task Force will develop a multi-state action plan to support electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The Task Force will consider actions to accomplish the goals of the MOU, including limiting all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles sales in the signatory states to ZEVs by 2050. The signatory states will also seek to accelerate the deployment of medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs to benefit disadvantaged communities and explore opportunities to coordinate and partner with key stakeholders.

For more information, see the Medium- and Heavy-Duty ZEVs: Action Plan Development Process website.

Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Requirement

The California Air Resources Board’s (ARB) Advanced Clean Truck Program requires all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles sold in California to be a ZEV by 2045. Zero-emission technologies include all-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. Beginning in 2024, manufacturers seeking ARB certification for Class 2b through Class 8 chassis or complete vehicles with combustion engines will be required to sell zero-emission trucks as an increasing percentage of their annual California sales. Manufacturers must achieve the following annual sales percentages for medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs sold in California:

ZEV Sales Percentages
Vehicle Model Year (MY)Class 2b-3Class 4-8Class 7-8 Tractors
20245%9%5%
20257%11%7%
202610%13%10%
202715%20%15%
202820%30%20%
202925%40%25%
203030%50%30%
203135%55%35%
203240%60%40%
203345%65%40%
203450%70%40%
2035 and future years55%75%40%
*Excludes pickup trucks for 2024-2026 MYs

Additionally, entities with annual gross revenues greater than $50 million, fleet owners with 50 or more medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, and any California government or federal agency with one or more vehicles over 8,500 pounds must report their existing fleet operations to ensure fleets are purchasing and placing zero-emission trucks in the correct service locations.

For more information, including additional requirements and exemptions, see the ARB Advanced Clean Trucks Program website.

(Reference California Code of Regulations Title 13, Sections 1963-1963.5 and 2012-2012.2)

Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Requirements

Through its Mobile Sources Program, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has developed programs and policies to reduce emissions from on-road heavy-duty diesel vehicles through the installation of verified diesel emission control strategies (VDECS) and vehicle replacements.

The on-road heavy-duty diesel vehicle rule (i.e., truck and bus regulation) requires the retrofit and replacement of nearly all privately owned vehicles operated in California with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 pounds (lbs.). School buses owned by private and public entities and federal government owned vehicles are also included in the scope of the rule. By January 1, 2023, nearly all vehicles must have engines certified to the 2010 engine standard or equivalent. The drayage truck rule regulates heavy-duty diesel-fueled vehicles that transport cargo to and from California's ports and intermodal rail facilities. The rule requires that certain drayage trucks be equipped with VDECS and that all applicable vehicles have engines certified to the 2007 emissions standards. By January 1, 2023, all applicable vehicles must have engines certified to 2010 standards. The solid waste collection vehicle rule regulates solid waste collection vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 lbs. or more that operate on diesel fuel, have 1960 through 2006 engine models, and collect waste for a fee. The fleet rule for public agencies and utilities requires fleets to install VDECS on vehicles or purchase vehicles that run on alternative fuels or use advanced technologies to achieve emissions requirements by specified implementation dates.

(Reference California Code of Regulations Title 13, 2021-2027)

Point of Contact
Diesel Hotline
California Air Resources Board
Phone: (866) 6DIESEL (634-3735)
8666diesel@arb.ca.gov

Public Utility Definition

A corporation or individual that owns, controls, operates, or manages a facility that supplies electricity to the public exclusively to charge light-, medium-, and heavy-duty all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, compressed natural gas to fuel natural gas vehicles, or hydrogen as a motor vehicle fuel is not defined as a public utility. (Reference California Public Utilities Decision 20-09-025, 2020 and California Public Utilities Code 216)

State Agency Low Carbon Fuel Use Requirement

At least 3% of the aggregate amount of bulk transportation fuel purchased by the state government must be from very low carbon transportation fuel sources. The required amount of very low carbon transportation fuel purchased will increase by 1% annually until January 1, 2024. Some exemptions may apply, as determined by the California Department of General Services (DGS). Very low carbon fuel is defined as a transportation fuel having no greater than 40% of the carbon intensity of the closest comparable petroleum fuel for that year, as measured by the methodology in California Code of Regulations Title 17, Sections 95480-95486. DGS will submit an annual progress report to the California Legislature. (Reference California Health and Safety Code 43870, and California Code of Regulations Title 17, Section 95480-95486)

State Transportation Plan

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) must publish a California Transportation Plan (Plan) every five years, beginning December 31, 2020. The Plan must address how the state will achieve maximum feasible emissions reductions, taking into consideration the use of alternative fuels, new vehicle technology, and tailpipe emissions reductions. Caltrans must consult and coordinate with related state agencies, air quality management districts, public transit operators, and regional transportation planning agencies. Caltrans must also provide an opportunity for public input. Caltrans must submit a final draft of the Plan to the legislature and governor. A copy of the 2020 report is available on the Caltrans website. Caltrans must also review the Plan and prepare a report for the legislature and governor that includes actionable, programmatic transportation system improvement recommendations every five years. (Reference California Government Code 65070-65073)

Utility Transportation Electrification Cost Recovery Regulations

The California Public Utilities Commission must approve or modify utility transportation electrification programs, including those that deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, through a reasonable cost recovery mechanism that does not unfairly compete with nonutility enterprises. At least 35% of the investments must be in underserved communities.

Utilities must file a new tariff to design and deploy all electrical distribution infrastructure on the utility side of the customer meter, for all customers installing a separately metered, to be recovered as other distribution infrastructure authorized on an ongoing basis in the utility’s general rate case of EV charging station.

(Reference Assembly Bill 841, 2020)

Vehicle Acquisition and Petroleum Reduction Requirements

The California Department of General Services (DGS) is responsible for maintaining specifications and standards for passenger cars and light-duty trucks that are purchased or leased for state office, agency, and department use. These specifications include minimum vehicle emissions standards and encourage the purchase or lease of fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). Specifically, DGS must reduce or displace the fleet's consumption of petroleum products by 20% by January 1, 2020, as compared to the 2003 consumption level. Beginning in fiscal year 2024, DGS must also ensure that at least 50% of the light-duty vehicles purchased by the state are zero emission vehicles (ZEVs). Further, at least 15% of DGS' fleet of new vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 19,000 pounds or more must be ZEVs by 2025, and at least 30% by 2030.

On an annual basis, DGS must compile information including, but not limited to, the number of AFVs and hybrid electric vehicles acquired, the locations of the alternative fuel pumps available for those vehicles, and the total amount of alternative fuels used. Vehicles the state owns or leases that are capable of operating on alternative fuel must operate on that fuel unless the alternative fuel is not available. DGS is also required to:

  • Take steps to transfer vehicles between agencies and departments to ensure that the most fuel-efficient vehicles are used and to eliminate the least fuel-efficient vehicles from the state's motor vehicle fleet;
  • Submit annual progress reports to the California Department of Finance, related legislative committees, and the general public via the DGSwebsite;
  • Encourage other agencies to operate AFVs on the alternative fuel for which they are designed, to the extent feasible;
  • Encourage the development of commercial fueling infrastructure at or near state vehicle fueling or parking sites;
  • Work with other agencies to incentivize and promote state employee use of AFVs through preferential or reduced-cost parking, access to electric vehicle charging, or other means, to the extent feasible; and
  • Establish a more stringent fuel economy standard than the 2007 standard.

(Reference California Public Resources Code 25722.5-25722.11 and 25724)

Volkswagen (VW) Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment Plan

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved the VW California ZEV Investment Plan. As required by the October 2016 2.0-Liter Partial Consent Decree, VW must invest $800 million over ten years to support the increased adoption of ZEV technology in California. VW will submit a series of four 30-month cycle ZEV investment plans to CARB for approval. CARB has approved the Cycle 2 plan, covering July 2019 through December 2021. The Cycle 2 plan includes building a basic charging network, public outreach, education, and marketing, and ZEV access projects. ZEV infrastructure rollouts will be focused in nine metropolitan areas. VW will continue access efforts in Sacramento, with the goal of offering residents a better quality of life through enhanced mobility and improved air quality.

For more information, see the Electrify America Investment Plan website and CARB's VW Settlement website.

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Deployment Support

California joined Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the deployment of ZEVs through involvement in a ZEV Program Implementation Task Force (Task Force). In May 2014, the Task Force published a ZEV Action Plan (Plan) identifying 11 priority actions to accomplish the goals of the MOU, including deploying at least 3.3 million ZEVs and adequate fueling infrastructure within the signatory states by 2025. The Plan also includes a research agenda to inform future actions. On an annual basis, each state must report on the number of registered ZEVs, the number of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and hydrogen fueling stations, and available information regarding workplace fueling for ZEVs.

In June 2018, the Task Force published a new ZEV Action Plan for 2018-2021. Building on the 2014 Action Plan, the 2018 Action Plan makes recommendations for states and other key partners in five priority areas:

  • Raising consumer awareness and interest in electric vehicle technology;
  • Building out a reliable and convenient residential, workplace and public charging/fueling infrastructure network;
  • Continuing and improving access to consumer purchase and non-financial incentives;
  • Expanding public and private sector fleet adoption; and
  • Supporting dealership efforts to increase ZEV sales.

For more information, see the Multi-State ZEV Task Force website.

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Fee

ZEV owners must pay an annual road improvement fee of $100 upon vehicle registration or registration renewal for ZEVs model year 2020 and later. The California Department of Motor Vehicles will increase the fee annually to account for inflation, equal to the increase in the California Consumer Price Index for the prior year. (Reference California Vehicle Code 9250.6)

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Initiative

The California Air Resources Board's (CARB) Charge Ahead California Initiative was established to help place into service at least 1 million ZEVs and near-zero emission vehicles in California by January 1, 2023. In consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, CARB prepared a funding plan that includes a market and technology assessment, assessments of existing zero and near-zero emission funding programs, and programs that increase access to disadvantaged, low-income, and moderate-income communities and consumers. Potential programs under the initiative include those involving innovative financing, car sharing, charging infrastructure in multi-unit dwellings located in disadvantaged communities, public transit, and agricultural vanpool programs. The funding plan must be updated at least every three years through January 1, 2023. (Reference California Health and Safety Code 44258.4)

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Production Requirements

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) certifies new passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles as ZEVs if the vehicles produce zero exhaust emissions of any criteria pollutant (or precursor pollutant) under all possible operational modes and conditions. Manufacturers with annual sales between 4,501 and 60,000 vehicles may comply with the ZEV requirements through multiple alternative compliance options that include producing low emission vehicles and obtaining ZEV credits. Manufacturers with annual sales of 4,500 vehicles or less are not subject to this regulation.

CARB's emissions control program for MY 2017 through 2025 combines the control of smog, soot, and greenhouse gases (GHGs) and requirements for ZEVs into a single package of standards called Advanced Clean Cars. In December 2012, CARB finalized new regulatory requirements that allow vehicle manufacturer compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's GHG requirements for MY 2017-2025 to serve as compliance with California's adopted GHG emissions requirements for those same model years.

The accounting procedures for MY 2018-2025 are based on a credit system as shown in the table below. The minimum ZEV requirement for each manufacturer includes the percentage of passenger cars and light-duty trucks produced by the manufacturer and delivered for sale in California. The regulation also includes opportunities for compliance with transitional zero emission vehicles, which must demonstrate certain exhaust emissions standards, evaporative emissions standards, on-board diagnostic requirements, and extended warranties.

MYZEV Requirement
202112%
202214.5%
202317%
202419.5%
2025 and later22%

For more information, see the CARB ZEV Program website. (Reference California Code of Regulations Title 13, Section 1962 -1962.2)

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Promotion Plan

All California state agencies must support and facilitate the rapid commercialization of ZEVs in California. In particular, the Air Resources Board, Energy Commission (CEC), Public Utilities Commission, and other relevant state agencies must work with the private sector to establish benchmarks to achieve targets for ZEV commercialization and deployment. These targets include:

  • By 2020, the state will have established adequate infrastructure to support one million ZEVs;
  • By 2025, there will be 1.5 million ZEVs on the road in California and clean, efficient vehicles will displace 1.5 billion gallons of petroleum fuels annually;
  • By 2025, there will be 200 hydrogen fueling stations and 250,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers, including 10,000 direct current fast chargers, in California;
  • By 2030, there will be 5 million ZEVs on the road in California; and
  • By 2050, greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector will be 80% less than 1990 levels.
State agencies must also work with their stakeholders to accomplish the following:
  • Develop new criteria for clean vehicle incentive programs to encourage manufacturers to produce clean, affordable cars;
  • Update the 2016 ZEV Action plan, with a focus on low income and disadvantaged communities;
  • Recommend actions to increase the deployment of ZEV infrastructure through the Low Carbon Fuel Standard;
  • Support and recommend policies that will facilitate the installation of EV infrastructure in homes and businesses; and
  • Ensure EV charging and hydrogen fueling are affordable and accessible to all drivers.
The ZEV promotion plan additionally directs the state fleet to increase the number of ZEVs in the fleet through gradual vehicle replacement. By 2020, ZEVs should make up at least 25% of the fleet’s light-duty vehicles. Vehicles with special performance requirements necessary for public safety and welfare are exempt from this requirement. For more information about the plan, see CEC’s ZEVs and Infrastructure Update.

(Reference Executive Orders N-19-19, 2019, B-48, 2018, and B-16, 2012)

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and Infrastructure Support

The California Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission must provide technical assistance and support for the development of zero-emission fuels, fueling infrastructure, and fuel transportation technologies. Technical assistance and support may include the creation of research, development, and demonstration programs. (Reference California Public Resources Code 25617)

Zero-Emission Airport Shuttle Requirement

By 2035, all airport fixed-route shuttle fleets must transition to 100% zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). Zero-emission shuttle technologies include battery-electric or fuel cell electric technologies. Starting in 2022, shuttle fleets must report the details of their vehicles to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Starting in 2023, if fleets replace a ZEV shuttle, the replacement must be a ZEV. For additional terms and conditions, see CARB’s Zero-Emission Airport Shuttle website. (Reference Resolution Number 19-8, 2019)

Zero-Emission Transit Bus Requirement

By 2040, all public transit agencies must transition to 100% zero-emission bus fleets. Zero-emission bus technologies include battery-electric or fuel cell electric. Transit agencies must purchase or operate a minimum number of zero-emission buses according to the following schedules:

Large Transit AgencySmall Transit Agency
January 1, 202325% of the total number of new bus purchases in each calendar year must be zero-emission busesNo requirement
January 1, 202650% of the total number of new bus purchases in each calendar year must be zero-emission buses25% of the total number of new bus purchases in each calendar year must be zero-emission buses
January 1, 2029All new bus purchases must be zero-emission busesAll new bus purchases must be zero-emission buses

Each transit agency will submit a plan demonstrating how it will purchase clean buses, develop infrastructure, train personnel, and other required details. Large transit agencies must submit a plan in 2020 and small agencies must submit a plan in 2023. Additional rules and requirements apply.

For more information, including definitions of large and small transit agencies and additional terms and conditions, see the California Air Resources Board’s Innovative Clean Transit website.

(Reference California Code of Regulations Title 13, Section 2023.1)

Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Requirements for Transportation Network Companies (TNC)

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) and the California Public Utilities Commission must develop and implement new requirements for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from TNCs. By January 1, 2021, CARB must adopt annual goals requiring TNCs to phase in ZEVs by 2023 and achieving at least 90% of the miles driven by TNCs by ZEVs by 2030. For more information, see the California Clean Miles Standard website. (Reference California Health and Safety Code 44274.4 and California Public Utilities Code Section 5431 and 5450)

Zero-Emission and Autonomous Vehicle Infrastructure Support

Cities and counties that receive funding from the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program are encouraged to use funds towards advanced transportation technologies and communication systems, including, but not limited to, zero-emission vehicle fueling infrastructure and infrastructure-to-vehicle communications for autonomous vehicles. (Reference California Streets and Highways Code 2030)

State Incentives

Advanced Transportation Tax Exclusion

The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) provides a sales and use tax exclusion for qualified manufacturers of advanced transportation products, components, or systems that reduce pollution and energy use and promote economic development. Incentives are available until December 31, 2025. For more information, including application materials, see the CAEATFA Sales and Use Tax Exclusion Program website. (Reference California Public Resources Code 26000-26017)

Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Grant – Santa Barbara County

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD) provides grants for the installation of alternative fuel infrastructure located in Santa Barbara County. Grants may cover 80% of project cost, up to $250,000. Eligible projects include electric vehicle supply equipment, hydrogen, and natural gas fueling stations. Priority will be given to projects located at multi-unit dwellings or low-income communities. For more information, including current funding opportunities, see the SBCAPCD Clean Air Grants website.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Incentives - San Joaquin Valley

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District administers the Public Benefit Grant Program, which provides funding to cities, counties, special districts (such as water districts and irrigation districts), and public educational institutions for the purchase of new AFVs, including electric, hybrid electric, natural gas, and propane vehicles. The maximum grant amount allowed per vehicle is $20,000, with a limit of $100,000 per agency per year. Projects are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, see the Public Benefit Grant Program website.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Technical Training - San Joaquin Valley

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) administers the Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Mechanic Training Program, which provides incentives of up to $15,000 per fiscal year to educate personnel on the mechanics, operation safety, and maintenance of AFVs, fueling stations, and tools involved in the implementation of alternative fuel technologies. For more information, see the SJVAPCD AFV Mechanic Training Component website.

Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Rebate - San Joaquin Valley

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) administers the Drive Clean! Rebate Program, which provides rebates for the purchase or lease of eligible new vehicles, including qualified natural gas, hydrogen fuel cell, propane, all-electric, plug-in electric vehicles, and zero emission motorcycles. The program offers rebates of up to $3,000, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis for residents and businesses located in the SJVAPCD. For more information, including a list of eligible vehicles and other requirements, see the SJVAPCD Drive Clean! Rebate Program website.

Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Incentives

The California Energy Commission (CEC) administers the Clean Transportation Program (Program) to provide financial incentives for businesses, vehicle and technology manufacturers, workforce training partners, fleet owners, consumers, and academic institutions with the goal of developing and deploying alternative and renewable fuels and advanced transportation technologies. Funding areas include:

  • Electric vehicles and charging infrastructure;
  • Hydrogen vehicles and refueling infrastructure;
  • Medium- and heavy-duty zero emission vehicles;
  • Natural gas vehicles and refueling infrastructure;
  • Biofuels; and,
  • Workforce development.
The CEC must prepare and adopt an annual Investment Plan for the Program to establish funding priorities and opportunities that reflect program goals and to describe how program funding will complement other public and private investments. For more information, see the Program website.

(Reference California Health and Safety Code 44272 - 44273 and California Code of Regulations, Title 13, Chapter 8.1)

Bus Replacement Grant

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) offers grants for the purchase of new zero-emission buses to replace old gasoline, diesel, compressed natural gas, or propane buses. Grants are available in the following amounts:

VehicleGrant Amount
Electric Transit Bus$180,000
Fuel Cell Transit Bus$400,000
Electric School Bus$400,000
Electric School Bus (CARB non-compliant)$380,000
Electric Shuttle Bus$160,000

Non-compliant school buses are vehicles that are not compliant with the CARB Truck and Bus Regulation. Eligible applicants include owners of transit, school, and shuttle buses. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first served basis. The program is funded by California’s portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, including funding availability, see the CARB’s Volkswagen Settlement website.

California’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Planning

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) NEVI Formula Program requires the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan (Plan) to the DOT and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Office by August 1, 2022, describing how the state intends to distribute NEVI funds. Plans must be established according to NEVI guidance.

For more information about California’s NEVI planning process, see the Caltrans Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Implementation website.

Clean Vehicle Rebate - El Dorado County

TThe El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (EDC AQMD) offers rebates of up to $599 to residents toward the purchase or lease of a new zero emission vehicle (ZEV) or partial-ZEV, as defined by the California Air Resources Board. To qualify, vehicles must be owned or leased for at least three years within El Dorado County. For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the EDC AQMD Grants and Incentives website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Grant – Antelope Valley

Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) offers grants for the installation of public EV charging stations, up to 80% of the total costs of infrastructure, equipment, and installation of eligible projects. Preferred project sites include retail centers, multi-unit dwellings, workplaces, hospitals, public transit stations, and park & rides. For more information, including application criteria and eligibility requirements, visit the AVAQMD Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Program website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Incentive Program Support

The California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), funded by the California Energy Commission, provides guidance and funding for property owners to develop and implement EV charging station incentive programs that help meet regional needs for Level 2 and direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations. Level 2 EV charging stations must be ENERGY STAR certified. CALeVIP evaluates proposed EV charging station incentive programs and solicits input from stakeholders to guide the development and implementation of the programs. CALeVIP also provides the incentive funding for each program. For more information, see the CALeVIP website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Incentives - San Joaquin Valley

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) administers the Charge Up! Program, which provides funding for public agencies, businesses, and property owners of multi-unit dwellings for the purchase and installation of new EV charging stations. Rebates are available in the following amounts:

EV Charging Station Type Maximum Rebate Amount per EV Charging Station Minimum Cost Share
Single Port Level 2 $5,000 None
Dual Port Level 2 $6,000 None
Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Station $25,000 30% of Total Cost

Annual funding is capped at $50,000 per applicant. For more information, including application requirements and restrictions, see the SJVAPCD Charge Up! Program website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Loan and Rebate Program

The Electric Vehicle Charging Station Financing Program (Program), part of the California Capital Access Program (CalCAP), provides loans for the design, development, purchase, and installation of EV charging stations at small business locations in California. Small businesses are eligible for a rebate of 10-15% of the enrolled loan amount. Eligible borrowers must be small businesses with 1,000 or fewer employees and must maintain legal control of the EV charging station for the entire loan period. The maximum loan amount is $500,000 per qualified small business and can be insured for up to four years. Projects located in multi-unit dwellings and disadvantaged communities may be eligible for an additional 30% of funding.

The Program may provide up to 100% coverage to lenders on certain loan defaults. Lenders must apply to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority (CPCFA) to participate and enroll each qualified EV charging station loan through CalCAP.

The California Energy Commission funds the Program. For more information, including EV charging station technical requirements and eligibility requirements for both borrowers and lenders, see the Program website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate - Sacramento County

The Sacramento County Incentive Project, funded by the California Energy Commission as part of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), offers rebates in the following amounts for installations at new, replacement, or make-ready sites:

Project Type Maximum Rebate - in disadvantaged communities (DACs) Maximum Rebate - outside DACs
Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Station 80% of total project cost, up to $80,000 per EV Charging Station 75% of total project cost, up to $70,000 per EV Charging Station
Level 2 Charging Station $5,500 per port $5,000 per port
Level 2 EV Charging Station (multi-unit dwelling) $6,500 per port $6,000 per port

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and applicants must reserve rebates prior to purchasing and installing EV charging stations. Eligible applicants include businesses, California Native American Tribes listed with the Native American Heritage Commission, or government entities. Qualifying installation sites must be located in Sacramento County and DCFC station installations must be publicly accessible 24 hours a day. Additional site requirements apply. For more information, including funding availability, see the Sacramento County Incentive Project website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate - South Coast and MSRC

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee’s (MSRC) Residential EV Charging Incentive Pilot Program offers rebates of up to $250 towards the purchase of a qualified residential Level 2 EV charging station. Additional rebates of up to $250 are available for low-income residents. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis to residents within the SCAQMD jurisdiction. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including application guidelines, see the Residential EV Charging Incentive Pilot Program website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate - Southern California

The Southern California Incentive Project, funded by the California Energy Commission as part of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), offers rebates of up to $70,000 per direct current fast charging (DCFC) station installation at new sites and 75% of total project costs, and up to $40,000, per DCFC station installation at replacement or make-ready sites. Installations in disadvantaged communities are eligible for rebates for 80% of the total project cost, up to $80,000 per, DCFC station, regardless of installation site type.

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and applicants must reserve rebates prior to purchasing and installing EV charging stations. Eligible applicants include businesses, non-profit organizations, California Native American Tribes listed with the Native American Heritage Commission, or public or government entities. Qualifying installation sites must be accessible 24 hours a day and be located in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, or San Bernardino County. For more information, including funding availability, see the Southern California Incentive Project website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate – Alameda County

The Alameda County Incentive Project, funded by the California Energy Commission as part of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), offers rebates in the following amounts:

Project Type Maximum Rebate - in disadvantaged communities (DACs) Maximum Rebate - outside DACs
Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Station between 50 kilowatt (kW) and 99.99 kW Up to $40,000 per EV Charging Station or 75% of project costs Up to $30,000 per EV Charging Station or 75% of project costs
DCFC Station greater than 100 kW Up to $80,000 per EV Charging Station or 75% of project costs Up to $60,000 per EV Charging Station or 75% of project costs
Level 2 EV Charging Station Up to $4,000 per port or 75% of project costs Up to $3,500 per port or 75% of project costs
Level 2 EV Charging Station (multi-unit dwelling) Up to $6,000 per port or 75% of project costs Up to $5,500 per port or 75% of project costs

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and applicants must reserve rebates prior to purchasing and installing EV charging stations. Eligible applicants include businesses, California Native American Tribes listed with the Native American Heritage Commission, or government entities. DCFC station installations must be publicly accessible 24 hours a day. Additional site requirements apply. For more information, including funding availability, see the Alameda County Incentive Project website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate – Central Coast

The Central Coast Incentive Project, funded by the California Energy Commission as part of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), offers rebates in the following amounts for installations at new, replacement, or make-ready sites:

Project Type Maximum Rebate - in disadvantaged communities (DACs) Maximum Rebate - outside DACs
Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Stations Up to $80,000 per EV charging station or 80% of total project costs Up to $70,000 per EV charging station or 75% of total project costs
Level 2 EV Charging Stations $5,500 per port $5,000 per port
Level 2 EV Charging Stations (multi-unit dwelling) $6,500 per port $6,000 per port

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and applicants must reserve rebates prior to purchasing and installing EV charging stations. Eligible applicants include businesses, California Native American Tribes listed with the Native American Heritage Commission, or government entities. Qualifying installation sites must be located in Monterey, San Benito, or Santa Cruz County. DCFC station installations must be publicly accessible 24 hours a day. Additional site requirements apply. For more information, including funding availability, see the Central Coast Incentive Project website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate – Inland Counties

The Inland Counties Incentive Project, funded by the California Energy Commission as part of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), offers rebates in the following amounts for installations at new, replacement, or make-ready sites:

Project Type Maximum Rebate - in disadvantaged communities (DACs) Maximum Rebate - outside DACs
Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Stations between 50 kilowatt (kW) and 99.99 kW Up to $40,000 per EV charging station or 75% of total project costs Up to $60,000 per port or 75% of total project costs
DCFC stations greater than 100 kW Up to $80,000 per EV Charging Station, or 75% of total project costs Up to $60,000 per port or 75% of total project costs
Level 2 EV Charging Station Up to $4,000 per port or 75% of total project costs Up to $3,500 per port or 75% of total project costs
Level 2 EV Charging Station (multi-unit dwelling) Up to $6,000 per port or 75% of total project costs Up to $5,500 per port or 75% of total project costs

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and applicants must reserve rebates prior to purchasing and installing EV charging stations. Eligible applicants include businesses, California Native American Tribes listed with the Native American Heritage Commission, or government entities. Qualifying installation sites must be located in Butte, El Dorado, Imperial, Kings, Merced, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, or Yolo County. DCFC station installations must be publicly accessible 24 hours a day. Additional site requirements apply. For more information, including funding availability, see the Inland Counties Incentive Project website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate – Northern California

The Northern California Incentive Project, funded by the California Energy Commission as part of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), offers rebates in the following amounts for installations at new, replacement, or make-ready sites:

Project Type Maximum Rebate - in disadvantaged communities (DACs) Maximum Rebate - outside DACs
Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Station Up to $80,000 per EV Charging Station or 80% of total project costs Up to $70,000 per EV Charging Station or 75% of total project costs0
Level 2 EV Charging Station $6,500 per connector $6,000 per connector
Level 2 EV Charging Station (multi-unit dwelling) $7,500 per connector $7,000 per connector

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and applicants must reserve rebates prior to purchasing and installing EV charging stations. Eligible applicants include businesses, California Native American Tribes listed with the Native American Heritage Commission, or government entities. Qualifying installation sites must be located in Humboldt, Shasta, or Tehama County. DCFC station installations must be publicly accessible 24 hours a day. Additional site requirements apply. For more information, including funding availability, see the Northern California Incentive Project website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate – Peninsula-Silicon Valley

The Peninsula-Silicon Valley Incentive Project, funded by the California Energy Commission as part of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), offers rebates in the following amounts for installations at new, replacement, or make-ready sites:

Project Type Maximum Rebate - in disadvantaged communities (DACs) Maximum Rebate - outside DACs
Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Station between 50 kilowatt (kW) and 99.99 kW 75% of total project cost, up to $60,000 per EV Charging Station 75% of total project cost, up to $50,000 per EV Charging Station
Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Station greater than 100 kW 75% of total project cost, up to $80,000 per EV Charging Station 75% of total project cost, up to $70,000 per EV Charging Station
Level 2 EV Charging Station 75% of total project cost, up to $5,000 per port 75% of total project cost, up to $4,500 per port
Level 2 EV Charging Station (multi-unit dwelling) 75% of total project cost, up to $6,000 per port 75% of total project cost, up to $5,500 per port

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and applicants must reserve rebates prior to purchasing and installing EV charging station. Eligible applicants include businesses, California Native American Tribes listed with the Native American Heritage Commission, or government entities. Qualifying installation sites must be located in San Mateo or Santa Clara County and DCFC station installations must be publicly accessible 24 hours a day. Additional site requirements apply. For more information, including funding availability, see the Peninsula-Silicon Valley Incentive Project website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate – San Diego County

The San Diego County Incentive Project, funded by the California Energy Commission as part of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), offers rebates in the following amounts for installations at new, replacement, or make-ready sites:

Project Type Maximum Rebate - in disadvantaged communities (DACs) Maximum Rebate - outside DACs
Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) stations between 50 kilowatt (kW) and 99.99 kW 75% of total project cost, up to $60,000 per DCFC station 75% of total project cost, up to $50,000 per DCFC station
DCFC stations greater than 100 kW 75% of total project cost, up to $80,000 per EV charging station 75% of total project cost, up to $70,000 per EV charging station
Level 2 EV charging stations 75% of total project costs, up to $5,000 per port 75% of total project costs, up to $4,500 per port
Level 2 EV charging station (multi-unit dwelling) 75% of total project costs, up to $6,000 per port 75% of total project costs, up to $5,500 per port

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and applicants must reserve rebates prior to purchasing and installing an EV charging station(s). Eligible applicants include businesses, California Native American Tribes listed with the Native American Heritage Commission, or government entities. DCFC station installations must be publicly accessible 24 hours a day. Additional site requirements apply. For more information, including funding availability, see the San Diego County Incentive Project website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate – San Joaquin County

The San Joaquin Valley Incentive Project, funded by the California Energy Commission as part of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), offers rebates in the following amounts for installations at new, replacement, or make-ready sites:

Project Type Maximum Rebate - in disadvantaged communities (DACs) Maximum Rebate - outside DACs
Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Charging Station 80% of total project cost, up to $80,000 per EV Charging Station 75% of total project cost, up to $70,000 per EV Charging Station
Level 2 EV Charging Station $4,000 per port $3,500 per port
Level 2 EV Charging Station (multi-unit dwelling) $5,000 per port $4,500 per port

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and applicants must reserve rebates prior to purchasing and installing EV charging stations. Eligible applicants include businesses, California Native American Tribes listed with the Native American Heritage Commission, or government entities. Qualifying installation sites must be located in Fresno, Kern, or San Joaquin County. DCFC station installations must be publicly accessible 24 hours a day. Additional site requirements apply. For more information, including funding availability, see the San Joaquin Valley Incentive Project website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate – Sonoma Coast

The Sonoma Coast Incentive Project, funded by the California Energy Commission as part of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), offers rebates in the following amounts for installations at new, replacement, or make-ready sites:

Project Type Maximum Rebate - in disadvantaged communities (DACs) Maximum Rebate - outside DACs
Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Station between 50 kilowatt (kW) and 99.99 kW 75% of total project costs, up to $60,000 per EV Charging Station 75% of total project costs, up to $50,000 per EV Charging Station
DCFC Station greater than 100 kW 75% of total project costs, up to $80,000 per EV Charging Station 75% of total project costs, up to $70,000 per EV Charging Station
Level 2 EV Charging Station 100% of total project costs, up to $5,500 100% of total project costs, up to $5,000
Level 2 EV Charging Station (multi-unit dwelling) 100% of total project costs, up to $6,500 per port 100% of total project costs, up to $6,000 per port
Level 2 EV Charging Station (unincorporated community) 100% of total project costs, up to $6,500 per port 100% of total project costs, up to $6,000 per port

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and applicants must reserve rebates prior to purchasing and installing EV charging stations. Eligible applicants include businesses, California Native American Tribes listed with the Native American Heritage Commission, or government entities. DCFC station installations must be publicly accessible 24 hours a day. Additional site requirements apply. For more information, including funding availability, see the Sonoma Coast Incentive Project website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate – South Central Coast

The Alameda County Incentive Project, funded by the California Energy Commission as part of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), offers rebates in the following amounts:

Project Type Maximum Rebate - in disadvantaged communities (DACs) Maximum Rebate - outside DACs
Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Station between 50 kilowatt (kW) and 99.99 kW Up to $40,000 per EV Charging Station or 75% of project costs Up to $30,000 per EV Charging Station or 75% of project costs
DCFC Charging Station greater than 100 kW Up to $80,000 per EV Charging Station or 75% of project costs Up to $60,000 per EV Charging Station or 75% of project costs
Level 2 EV Charging Station Up to $4,000 per port or 75% of project costs Up to $3,500 per port or 75% of project costs
Level 2 EV Charging Station (multi-unit dwelling) Up to $6,000 per port or 75% of project costs Up to $5,500 per port or 75% of project costs

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and applicants must reserve rebates prior to purchasing and installing EV charging stations. Eligible applicants include businesses, California Native American Tribes listed with the Native American Heritage Commission, or government entities. DCFC station installations must be publicly accessible 24 hours a day. Additional site requirements apply. For more information, including funding availability, see the South Central Coast Incentive Project website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate - Antelope Valley

The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) offers rebates of up to $1,000 to residents toward the purchase or lease of a new all-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. EVs purchased or leased outside of the AVAQMD jurisdiction are eligible for half of the rebate amount. For more information, including how to apply, see the AVAQMD website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate Program

The California Air Resources Board offers point-of-sale rebates of up to $750 for the purchase or lease of a new all-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle through the Clean Fuel Reward Program. Eligible EVs must have a minimum battery capacity of 5 kilowatt-hours and be purchased from participating retailers. Eligible customers must reside in California and register the EV in California. For more information, including vehicle eligibility requirements, see the Clean Fuel Reward website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Grant - Bay Area

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s (BAAQMD) Clean Cars for All program offers grants up to $9,500 to income-eligible residents to replace a vehicle eligible for retirement with a EV or FCEV. Eligible vehicles for replacement should be model year 2005 or older. Recipients may buy or lease a new or used EV or FCEV. Grants vary depending on the household income and vehicle technology. Vehicles that are replaced must be turned in at an authorized dismantler.

Individuals that purchase a battery-electric vehicle are eligible to receive up to $2,000 for the purchase and installation of Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment.

For more information, including additional eligibility requirements and how to apply, see the BAAQMD Clean Cars for All website.

Employer Invested Emissions Reduction Funding - South Coast

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) administers the Air Quality Investment Program (AQIP). AQIP provides funding to allow employers within SCAQMD's jurisdiction to make annual investments into an administered fund to meet employers' emissions reduction targets. The revenues collected are used to fund alternative mobile source emissions and trip reduction programs, including alternative fuel vehicle projects, on an on-going basis. Programs such as low emission, alternative fuel, or zero emission vehicle procurement and old vehicle scrapping may be considered for funding. For more information, including current requests for proposals and funding opportunities, see the AQIP website.

Point of Contact
Vasken Yardemian
Program Supervisor
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Phone: (909) 396-3296
vyardemian@aqmd.gov
http://www.aqmd.gov/home/programs/business/business-detail?title=air-quality-investment-program

Heavy-Duty Low Emission Vehicle Replacement and Repower Grants

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) offers grants for the replacement or repower of eligible class 7 and 8 heavy-duty vehicles with low oxide of nitrogen (NOx) vehicles. Grants may cover up to 50% of non-government project costs and up to 100% of government project costs; up to $3 million per entity. Eligible vehicles include, Class 7 and 8 freight trucks, drayage trucks, dump trucks, waste haulers, and concrete mixers, freight switcher locomotives. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is funded by California’s portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, including program guidance and application, see the California Air Resources Board’s Volkswagen Settlement website.

Heavy-Duty Truck Emission Reduction Grants - San Joaquin Valley

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) administers the Truck Replacement Program, which provides funding for fleets to replace old vehicles with lower emitting vehicles or to purchase new zero emission, hybrid, or low oxides of nitrogen (NOx) vehicles. Funding is available for the following projects:

  • Replacement of model year (MY) 2009 or older diesel trucks with new trucks that meet or exceed the 2010 NOx emissions standard;
  • Replacement of MY 2010 or newer trucks with new zero emission, hybrid, or low-NOx trucks; and
  • Purchase of new zero emission, hybrid, or low-NOx trucks.
Incentive amounts vary by weight class and fuel type. Fleets may receive up to 35% of the vehicle cost for new diesel trucks. To qualify, eligible trucks for replacement must be garaged in the SJVAPCD and have operated at least 75% of the time in California and 50% of the time in the SJVAPCD for the previous two years. New replacement trucks must be operated in California 90% to 100% of the time and within the SJVAPCD 50% of the time. For more information, including application requirements, see the SJVAPCD Truck Replacement Program website.

Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Grant – Santa Barbara County

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD) provides grants to offset the costs of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles that reduce on-road emissions within Santa Barbara County. Eligible projects include the replacement of commercial trucks and buses, transit buses, authorized emergency vehicle, transportation refrigeration units, and more. Eligible technology includes the purchase of battery-electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Priority will be given to projects located in multi-unit dwellings or low-income communities. For more information, including current funding opportunities, see the SBCAPCD Clean Air Grants website.

High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lane Exemption

Compressed natural gas, hydrogen, electric, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles meeting specified California and federal emissions standards and affixed with a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Clean Air Vehicle sticker may use HOV lanes regardless of the number of occupants in the vehicle. First-time applicants must have a household income at or below 80% of the state median income. Purple stickers expire January 1, 2023; and orange stickers issued on or after January 1, 2020, expire January 1, 2024.

The California Department of Transportation must publish a report by June 1, 2023, detailing the number of stickers issued under this program. Vehicles originally issued white or green decals prior to 2017 are no longer eligible to participate in this program. Vehicles with stickers are also eligible for reduced rates on or exemptions from toll charges imposed on HOT lanes. For more information and restrictions, including a list of qualifying vehicles, see the California Air Resources Board Carpool Stickers website.

(Reference California Vehicle Code 5205.5 and 21655.9)

Low Emission Truck and Bus Purchase Vouchers

Through the Hybrid and Zero Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) and Low Oxide of Nitrogen (NOx) Engine Incentives, the California Air Resources Board provides vouchers to eligible fleets to reduce the incremental cost of qualified electric, hybrid, or natural gas trucks and buses at the time of purchase. Vouchers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Only fleets that operate vehicles in California are eligible. Voucher amounts vary depending on whether the vehicles are located in a disadvantaged community. For more information, including a list of qualified vehicles and other requirements, see the HVIP website.

Medium- and Heavy-Duty (MHD) Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Financing Program

The California Pollution Control Financing Authority (CPCFA) must develop and implement a purchasing assistance program for MHD ZEV fleets. CPCFA must consult with stakeholders to design a program that provides financial support and technical assistance to fleet managers deploying MHD ZEVs. CPCFA must designate high-priority fleets, considering implications for climate change, pollution, environmental justice, and post-COVID economy recovery. A minimum of 75% of financing products must be directed towards operators of MHD ZEV fleets whose fleets directly impact, or operate in, underserved communities. CPCFA must establish the program by January 1, 2023, and provide annual reports on program outcomes to the California Air Resources Board. (Reference Senate Bill 372, 2021)

Plug-In Hybrid and Zero Emission Light-Duty Public Fleet Vehicle Fleet Rebates

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) offers rebates to eligible state and local public entities for the purchase of qualified light-duty fleet vehicles. Public fleets located in disadvantaged communities are eligible for increased incentives. Rebates are available in the following amounts:

TechnologyStandard RebateIncreased Rebate
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle$4,500$7,000
All-Electric Vehicle$2,000$4,500
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle$1,000$3,500

Eligible vehicles must be certified by the California Air Resources Board (ARB). Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Manufacturers must apply to ARB to have their vehicles considered for rebate eligibility. Each entity may receive up to 30 rebates annually and may not receive CVRP incentives for the same vehicle. For more information, including a list of eligible vehicles, locations, and entities, see the CVRP for Fleets website. (Reference California Health and Safety Code 44274 and 44258)

Plug-In Hybrid and Zero Emission Light-Duty Vehicle Rebates

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) offers rebates for the purchase or lease of qualified vehicles. Qualified vehicles are light-duty electric vehicles (EVs), fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved or certified. The rebates are for up to $4,500 for FCEVs, $2,000 for EVs, $1,000 for PHEVs, and $750 for zero emission motorcycles. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis to California residents who purchase or lease new eligible vehicles. Residents of San Diego County may be eligible for a preapproved rebate through the CVRP Rebate Now pilot. Manufacturers must apply to CARB to have their vehicles included in the CVRP.

Individuals are eligible for the rebate based on gross annual income, as stated on the individual’s federal tax return. Individuals with a gross annual income below the following thresholds are eligible for all rebates except those that apply to FCEVs:

  • $135,000 for single filers
  • $175,000 for head-of-household filers
  • $200,000 for joint filers

For individuals with low and moderate household incomes of less than or equal to 400% of the federal poverty level, rebates are increased by $2,500. Increased rebates are available for CARB-approved FCEVs, PHEVs, and EVs. CARB must provide outreach to low income households and communities to raise awareness about CVRP. Through January 1, 2022, CARB must prioritize rebate payments for low income applicants.

CARB determines annual funding amounts for the CVRP, which is expected to be effective through 2023. For more information, including information on income verification, a list of eligible vehicles, and instructions on how to apply, see the CVRP webiste.

(Reference California Health and Safety Code 44274 and 44258)

Residential Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Financing Program

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loss Reserve Program financing allows property owners to borrow funds to pay for energy improvements, including purchasing and installing EV charging stations. The borrower repays the financing over a defined period of time through a special assessment on the property. Local governments in California are authorized to establish PACE programs. Property owners must agree to a contractual assessment on the property tax bill, have a clean property title, and be current on property taxes and mortgages. Financing limits are 15% of the first $700,000 of the property value and 10% of the remaining property value. For more information, see the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority PACE Loss Reserve Program website. (Reference California Public Resources Code 26050-26082)

Voluntary Vehicle Retirement Incentives - San Joaquin Valley and South Coast

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) administer Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP) Pilot Retire and Replace programs, providing incentives to replace a vehicle eligible for retirement with a more fuel-efficient vehicle. Used vehicles must be no more than eight years old and applicants must live in the San Joaquin Valley or South Coast air basins. Eligible replacement vehicles must meet a minimum fuel economy average by model year or average at least 35 miles per gallon (mpg). Alternative fuel vehicles are also eligible, including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery-electric vehicles (EVs). Funding for alternative transportation mobility options, such as public transportation or car sharing, is also available in lieu of purchasing another vehicle. The incentive amounts vary by income level as compared to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and replacement vehicle type. All eligible applicants must have a household income that is at or below 400% of the FPL.

Income EligibilityFuel Economy greater than 35 mpgPHEV or ZEV
Low Income (<225% FPL)$4,500$4,500
Moderate Income (<300% FPL)$3,500$3,500
Above Moderate Income (<400% FPL)$2,500$2,500

Residents living in qualified disadvantaged communities may be eligible for higher incentive amounts and, for residents replacing their vehicles with a PHEV or EV, a rebate of up to $2,000 for the purchase of electric vehicle supply equipment. Residents of South Coast AQMD may also be eligible to receive a rebate of $7,500 for alternative transportation mobility options. For more information, including eligible vehicles and applicable requirements, see the California Air Resources Board EFMP, SJVAPCD Drive Clean, and South Coast AQMD Replace Your Ride websites. (Reference California Health and Safety Code 44062.3 and 44125)

Zero Emission Transit Funding

The California Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program offers vouchers of up to $1,000,000 per project for the purchase of zero-emission vehicles, infrastructure, planning, outreach, and operations projects in low-income and disadvantaged communities. For more information, see the Clean Mobility Options website.

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and Near-ZEV Weight Exemption

ZEVs and near-ZEVs may exceed the state's gross vehicle weight limits by an amount equal to the difference of the weight of the near-zero emission or zero emission powertrain and the weight of a comparable diesel tank and fueling system, up to 2,000 pounds. A ZEV is defined as a vehicle that produces no criteria pollutant, toxic air contaminant, or greenhouse gas emissions when stationary or operating. A near-ZEV is a vehicle that uses zero emission technologies, uses technologies that provide a pathway to zero emission operations, or incorporates other technologies that significantly reduce vehicle emissions. (Reference California Business and Professions Code 12725 and California Vehicle Code 35551)

Zero-Emission Transit Bus Tax Exemption

Zero-emission transit buses are exempt from state sales and use taxes when sold to public agencies eligible for the Low Emission Truck and Bus Purchase Vouchers. This exemption expires January 1, 2024. (Reference California Revenue and Taxation Code 6377)

Utility/Private Incentives

Agricultural Equipment Electrification Grant - Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE)

CCCE offers grants to replace heavy-duty agricultural vehicles with all-electric equipment. Costumers are eligible for incentives up to 70 to 100% of the total project cost, up to $30,000. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, see the CCCE Ag Electrification Program website.

All-Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate - MCE

The MCEv Program offers a $3,500 rebate for the purchase or lease of a new EV for income-qualifying customers. To be eligible for the rebate, an applicant must live in MCE’s service area, be a MCE customer, and meet at least one of the qualifying income requirements. For more information, including how to apply, see the MCE MCEv Rebates website.

All-Electric Vehicle (EV) and EV Charging Station Rebates - CCCE

Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) offers rebates of up to $4,000 to residential, commercial, and public agency customers for the purchase of new or used EVs or electric motorcycles. CCCE also offers a rebate of up to $10,000 for Level 2 EV charging stations installed at homes or workplaces. For more information, see the CCCE Electrify Your Ride website.

Commercial Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate - Pasadena Water and Power (PWP)

PWP provides rebates of $3,000 per port for commercial, workplace, multi-unit dwelling (MUD), and fleet customers for the installation of networked Level 2 EV charging stations, or rebates of $1,500 per port for non-networked Level 2 EV charging stations. PWP also provides rebates of $6,000 for the installation of direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations or Level 2 EV charging stations installed at select sites, including disadvantaged communities. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including how to apply, see the PWP Commercial Electric Vehicle and Charger Incentive Program website

Commercial Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate - LADWP

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) provides rebates to commercial customers toward the purchase of Level 2 or direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations. Commercial customers who purchase and install EV charging stations for employee and public use can receive up to $5,000 for each Level 2 EV charging station with up to $500 in additional rebate funds per extra charge port. Commercial customers may also receive up to $75,000 per DCFC stations, and up to $125,000 per DCFC station for medium- and heavy-duty vehicle use. Maximum rebate amounts will vary based on whether the EV charging stations are located in a disadvantaged community. Eligible customers may qualify for up to 40 rebate awards depending on the number of parking spaces at the installation site. EV charging stations must be installed within the LADWP service area. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program guidelines and application materials, see the Charge Up L.A.! website.

Commercial Electric Vehicle (EV) and EV Charging Station Rebates - TID

Turlock Irrigation District (TID) offers commercial customers a rebate for the purchase or lease of a qualifying new or used EV. Rebates are available in the following amounts:

Vehicle Category Rebate Amounts
Light-Duty $500
Medium-Duty $1,500
Heavy-Duty $5,000
School Bus $5,000

Customers may also be eligible for a $1,000 rebate per Level 2 EV charging station. Up to ten rebates may be claimed for EVs and EV charging stations per commercial account, respectively. For more information, including vehicle category details and eligibility requirements, see the TID Commercial Electric Vehicles Rebates website.

Electric Forklift Rebate - Alameda Municipal Power (AMP)

AMP offers commercial customers a rebate of $2,000 for the purchase of a new, all-electric Class 1 or Class 2 forklift, up to a maximum of three forklifts per site. For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the AMP Electric Vehicles website.

Electric Forklift Rebate - Turlock Irrigation District (TID)

TID offers commercial customers $1,000 rebate for the purchase of a new, all-electric Class 1 or Class 2 forklift. For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the TID Commercial Electric Vehicles Rebates website.

Electric School Bus Grant - Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE)

CCCE offers grants to school districts for the purchase of an electric school bus. Grants may cover up to 50% of the cost of an electric school bus, up to $200,000. For more information, see the CCCE Electric School Bus Program website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Rate Reduction - Azusa Light & Water

Azusa Light & Water offers a $0.05 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) discount for electricity used to charge EVs during off peak times. Customers must use a minimum of 50 kWh to receive the discount. For more information, see the Azusa Light & Water Schedule EV website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Rate Reduction - Bear Valley Electric Service (BVES)

BVES offers three EV time-of-use (TOU) rates to customers enrolled in the Transportation Electrification Pilot Program. The discounted TOU rate is for the super off-peak hours. For more information, including how to apply and eligibility, see the BVES Rate Structures website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Rate Reduction - Burbank Water and Power (BWP)

BWP offers a discounted rate to residential or multi-family customers for electricity used to charge EVs. Customers must remain on the EV time-of-use rate for a minimum of one year. For more information, see the BWP Electric Vehicles website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Rate Reduction - SCE

Southern California Edison (SCE) offers a discounted rate to customers for electricity used to charge EVs. Two rate schedules are available for EV charging during on- and off-peak hours. For more information, see the SCE Electric Vehicle Plans website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Rate Reduction - SMUD

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) offers a discounted rate to residential customers for electricity used to charge EVs. For more information, see the SMUD Time-of-Day Rate website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Incentive – SDG&E

The San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) Power Your Drive for Fleets program installs or incentivizes medium- and heavy-duty EV charging stations for commercial customers. Customers may apply for a no-cost installation by SDG&E, with SDG&E owning the infrastructure up to the charging station, or customers may apply for rebate of up to 80% the cost of installing the infrastructure from the meter to the charging station. Additionally, transit agencies, school districts, and some private fleets in disadvantaged communities are eligible for a rebate up to 50% the cost of the charger purchase. For more information, including eligibility and additional program details, see the SDG&E Power Your Drive for Fleets website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Incentives for Commercial Customers - PG&E

Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) EV Fast Charge Program offers competitive incentives to facilitate the installation of direct current fast charging (DCFC) station. PG&E will cover the cost to make-ready a site for DCFC. Projects must involve the purchase of a DCFC station from the approved EV Charging Station list. To qualify, sites must receive electric service from PG&E and the DCFC station must be available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sites located in disadvantaged communities may receive a rebate for the purchase of the EV charging station. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including the application, see the PG&E EV Fast Charge Program website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Incentives for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Fleets - PG&E

Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) EV Fleet Program offers competitive incentives to facilitate the installation of EV charging stations for medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fleets. PG&E offers dedicated electrical infrastructure design and construction services and reduced costs for electrical infrastructure work. Entities eligible to receive rebates for the purchase and installation of new EV charging stations include schools, transit agencies, and disadvantaged communities. Rebates are available in the following amounts:

EV Charging Station Power Output Rebate Amount
Up to 50 kilowatt (kW) Up to $15,000
50.1 kW to 150 kW Up to $25,000
150.1 kW and above Up to $42,000

Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, see the PG&E EV Fleet Program website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate - Alameda Municipal Power (AMP)

AMP provides rebates of up to $800 to residential customers and up to $5,000 to commercial customers toward the purchase of Level 2 EV charging station. Commercial customers are also eligible for a $500 rebate for every additional port, up to $3,000. Customers may apply for multiple rebates at a time. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, see the AMP Electric Vehicles website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate - Azusa Light & Water

Azusa Light & Water offers a $150 rebate to customers for the purchase of an ENERGY STAR certified Level 2 EV charging stations. For more information, see Azusa’s Plug-in Electric Vehicles website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate - Burbank Water and Power (BWP)

BWP provides rebates to commercial and residential customers toward the purchase of Level 2 EV charging stations. Commercial or multi-unit dwelling customers who purchase and install EV charging stations can receive up to $15,000 per EV charging station . Commercial customers in disadvantaged communities are eligible for higher rebate amounts.

Residential customers who install a charger can receive up to $500 and will be placed on BWP’s time-of-use rate. Applications must be submitted no later than six months from the date of purchase for commercial customers, and no later than four months for residential customers.

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. For program guidelines and application materials, see the BWP Residential Electric Vehicle Charger Rebate and Lead the Charge websites.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate - Glendale Water and Power (GWP)

GWP provides rebates to commercial and residential customers toward the purchase of Level 2 EV charging stations. Commercial or multi-unit dwelling customers who purchase and install EV charging stations can receive up to $6,000 for each charger and up to four rebates. Residential customers who install a charger can receive up to $599. Applications must be submitted no later than four months from the date of purchase. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. For program guidelines and application materials, see the GWP Electric Vehicles website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate - SCE

Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Charge Ready Program offers customer rebates for businesses, government organizations, and property owners to install EV charging stations at business, public sector, or multi-unit dwelling locations. Rebate amounts vary, and sites located in disadvantaged communities are eligible for additional rebates. For more information, including eligibility requirements and funding availability, see the SCE Charge Ready Program website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate – Liberty Utilities

Liberty Utilities offers residential customers a rebate of $1,500 and commercial customers a rebate of $2,500 for the purchase and installation of EV charging stations at their home or small business. For more information, see Liberty’s Electric Vehicle Program website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebates - Anaheim Public Utilities (APU)

APU provides rebates for residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers for the purchase and installation of Level 2 or Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) stations. Rebates are available in the following amounts:

Customer Type Access Maximum Rebate Amount per EV charging station
Residential, Multi-Unit Dwelling, and Commercial Private $1,000
School and Affordable Housing Public $10,000
Commercial and Municipal Level 2 Public $5,000
Commercial and Municipal DCFC Stations Public $10,000

Program participants may also receive up to $5,000 for sub-meter installation fees, $1,500 for city permit fees, and $2,000 for electric panel upgrade services. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including how to apply, see the APU Personal EV Charger Rebate and Public EV Charger Rebate websites.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebates for Businesses - SMUD

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) offers rebates to commercial customers for the purchase and installation of Level 2 EV charging stations and direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations at their workplace or multi-unit dwelling (MUD). Eligible applicants may receive up to $30,000 per DCFC station, $4,500 per port for a Level 2 EV charging station. For more information, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, see the SMUD Business Electric Vehicles and Sacramento County Incentive Project websites.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station and Charging Incentive - Sonoma Clean Power (SCP)

Qualified SCP customers are eligible to receive a free Level 2 EV charging station with Wi-Fi capabilities. Customers are responsible for shipping and installation costs. Customers may also receive $5 per month for connecting the EV charging station to the GridSavvy Rewards program. Other terms and conditions may apply. For more information, see SCP’s GridSavvy website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Incentives for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Fleets - PG&E

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) offers rebates for the purchase of electric fleet vehicles. Applicants are limited to 25 vehicle rebates per site. EV rebates are available in the following amounts:

TechnologyRebate Amount
Transit Buses and Class 8 vehiclesUp to $9,000 per vehicle
Transportation refrigeration units, truck stop electrification, airport ground support equipment, and forkliftsUp to $3,000 per vehicle
School buses, local delivery trucks, and other vehiclesUp to $4,000 per vehicle

Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the PG&E EV Fleet Program website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Support

California utilities joined the National Electric Highway Coalition (NEHC), committing to create a network of direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations connecting major highway systems from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific of the United States. NEHC utility members agree to ensure efficient and effective fast charging deployment plans that enable long distance EV travel, avoiding duplication among coalition utilities, and complement existing corridor DCFC sites. For more information, including a list of participating utilities and states, see the NEHC website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate - Pasadena Water and Power (PWP)

PWP provides rebates of $250 to residential customers who purchase or lease an eligible new or used EV. An additional $250 is available for eligible EVs purchased or leased from a Pasadena dealership. Customers participating in PWP’s income-qualifying programs may also qualify for an additional $1,000 rebate, for a total of $1,500. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, see the PWP Residential Electric Vehicle and Charger Incentive Program website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebates for Fleet Vehicles - SMUD

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) offers rebates to businesses for the purchase of new commercial light-, medium-, and heavy-duty EVs. Rebates are available in the following amounts:

Vehicle Class Rebate Amount
Class 1-2b and passenger vehicles $750 per vehicle
Class 3-5 $5,000 per vehicle
Class 6-7 $7,000 per vehicle
Class 8 $15,000 per vehicle

Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including how to apply, see the SMUD Business Electric Vehicle website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Time-Of-Use (TOU) Rate - SDG&E

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) offers three EV TOU rates to residential customers. For more information, including eligibility requirements and rate details, see the SDG&E EV Plans and NGV Rates websites.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Time-of-Use (TOU) Rate - Azusa Light & Water

Azusa Light & Water offers a TOU rate to residential customers that own or lease a EV. For more information, see Azusa’s Plug-in Electric Vehicles website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Time-of-Use (TOU) Rate – Liberty Utilities

Liberty Utilities offers residential and commercial customers TOU rates for charging EVs. For more information, see Liberty’s Electric Vehicle Program website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Time-of-Use (TOU) Rate – MCE

MCE offers residential, multi-unit dwelling, and workplace customers TOU rates for charging EVs. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, see the MCE Charging Rates website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Rate Reduction - PG&E

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) offers discounted residential time-of-use rates for electricity used for EV charging during off-peak hours. Discounted rates are also available for CNG or uncompressed natural gas used in vehicle home fueling appliances. For more information, see the PG&E Electric Vehicle Rate Plans and CNG for Vehicles websites.

Electric Vehicle (EV) and EV Charging Station Rebates - TID

Turlock Irrigation District (TID) offers residential customers a $500 rebate for the purchase or lease of a qualifying new or used EV. Customers may also be eligible for a $300 rebate for the installation of a qualifying Level 2 EV charging station. Low-income customers enrolled in the TID CARES Program are eligible for additional rebates of $700 per vehicle and $100 per charger. For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the TID Residential Electric Vehicle Rebates and CARES Program website.

Multi-Unit Dwelling (MUD) and Workplace Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Incentive - SDG&E

San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) Power Your Drive program provides EV charging stations, installation, and maintenance support for MUDs and workplaces in the SDG&E territory. Site hosts must make a one-time participation payment and be able to dedicate at least five parking spaces at residential locations or at least ten parking spaces at workplaces for EV charging stations. MUDs and workplaces located in disadvantaged communities may qualify for the program at no cost to the site host. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including funding availability, see the Power Your Drive website.

Multi-Unit Dwelling (MUD) and Workplace Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Incentives - PG&E

Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) Electric Vehicle (EV) Charge Network Program provides installation support and funding for multi-unit dwellings and workplaces in the PG&E territory to install PG&E approved EV charging stations in parking areas. To qualify, facilities must equip at least ten adjoining parking spaces with EV charging stations. Eligible expenses include the cost of installation and a portion of the EV charging station unit cost, up to $2,300 per port. For more information, including funding availability, see the PG&E EV Charge Network Program website.

Multi-Unit Dwelling (MUD) and Workplace Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate - MCE

The MCEv Program provides installation support and funding for installation of approved EV charging stations at MUD and workplaces in MCE territory. To qualify, facilities must install at least two charging ports. Eligible expenses include the cost of installation and a portion of the EV charging station unit cost, up to $3,500 per port. For more information, including how to apply and eligible EV charging stations, see the MCE MCEv Rebates website.

Residential Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate - LADWP

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) offers a rebate of up to $500 for the purchase and installation of qualified Level 2 EV charging stations, and a $250 rebate for the installation of a dedicated EV charging station meter. For more information, including program guidelines and application materials, see the LADWP Charge Up L.A.! website.

Residential Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate - Pasadena Water and Power (PWP)

PWP provides rebates of $600 for residential customers toward the installation of a WiFi enabled EV charging stations, or $200 toward the installation of a non-WiFi enabled EV charging stations. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including how to apply, see the PWP Residential Electric Vehicle and Charger Incentive Program website.

School Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate – PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) offers EV charging station rebates for school facilities. Participating schools have the option to own, operate, and maintain EV charging stations, or have PG&E-owned EV charging stations installed. Rebates are available up to $11,500 for single port Level 2 EV charging stations or up to $15,500 for dual port Level 2 EV charging stations, with 40% of funds allocated to disadvantaged communities. For more information, including eligibility requirements and funding availability, see the PG&E EV program website.

State Parks Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Program – PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) Electric Vehicle (EV) Charge Parks program provides EV charging stations at state parks and beaches for fleet and public usage. PG&E will own, operate, and maintain EV charging stations and associate network fees for a period up to eight years. A minimum of 25% of funds must be allocated to disadvantaged communities. For more information, including funding availability, see the PG&E EV program website.

Used Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV) Rebate - Alameda Municipal Power (AMP)

AMP provides cash rebates of up to $1,500 for the purchase of a used BEV with a purchase price below $22,000. For more information, see the AMP Electric Vehicles website.

Used Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate Program - LADWP

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) offers rebates up to $1,500 to residential electric customers for the purchase of eligible used EVs. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including program guidelines and application materials, see the Charge Up L.A.! website.

Used Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate – Burbank Water and Power (BWP)

BWP offers residential customers a rebate of up to $1,000 for the purchase of a used EV. For more information, see the BWP Used Electric Vehicle Rebate website.

Used Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Incentive - Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE)

PCE and Peninsula Family Service (PFS) offer $1,000 to San Mateo County residents to be used as a down payment for the purchase of a used EV. Low-income residents are eligible for a rebate of up to $4,000. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, see the DriveForward Electric website.

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