Residential Electric Vehicles

SMUD has incentives and information for your electrical vehicle needs. 

Choose from one of the following when you purchase or lease a new plug-in electric vehicle (pre-owned vehicles are not eligible):

  • $599 incentive to charge free for two years (more than covers the average cost to charge your plug-in electric vehicle for two years), or
  • a 240-volt high-powered electric vehicle charger (see charger details here)

Frequently asked questions

There are many things to consider before buying or leasing an electric vehicle (EV). To make EV ownership as simple as possible, here’s a quick list of things to consider before you buy an EV:

  1. How far and how often do you drive?

    Most people drive less than 40 miles a day. If that’s you, then almost any EV will meet your needs and require just ordinary house current for charging. But if your travels often take you beyond 80 miles a day, you may want a longer-range vehicle and possibly an upgraded charging system. See cars listed by range.

  2. Check out the vehicles

    The list is growing all the time. See what’s available.

  3. Check out incentives

    See what incentives are available to you when you purchase an electric vehicle. Visit Clean Vehicle Rebate ProjectFederal Tax Credits for EVs and SMUD's "Charge free for two years" rebate.

  4. Look at charging options

    Ordinary house current works just fine for most electric vehicles. But for those with larger battery packs and longer range, you may want to consider an electrical upgrade. Explore charging options.

  5. Look at rates

    SMUD offers a Time-of-Day discount rate for electric vehicle charging. Learn more.

Our Electric Vehicle Estimator is an online tool that helps you make informed decisions about buying an EV.

Use the estimator to:

  • compare costs to buy and drive an EV versus a gas engine vehicle;
  • estimate the driving range of different EVs using electricity alone;
  • see potential environmental benefits;
  • discover rebates and tax credits.

Try the EV estimator

You’ll be directed to log in to My Account then will be automatically sent to the estimator tool. It uses your actual electricity usage to present realistic side-by-side cost comparisons between electric vehicles and gas vehicles that you select.

Don't have an account yet?  Registration is free.

You can also try the estimator by entering your data yourself, here.

Charging stations are described as level 1, level 2, or DC Fast Charger (Direct Current Fast Charging).

Level 1

This uses ordinary household current. All electric vehicles can be charged on a standard 3-prong outlet and the charging unit that comes with your vehicle. It is the slowest charging mode for an electric vehicle.

  • Uses a standard 120V outlet
  • Takes 8 to 20 hours to fully charge a vehicle, depending on how depleted the battery is and whether it's a hybrid or fully electric vehicle
  • Typically adds 5 miles of range per hour charged
  • No set-up costs

Level 2

Consider upgrading to a level 2 charging station if your vehicle has an electric drive range of 100 miles or more, or you simply want a faster charger. Consult your dealer for advice.

To learn more about the FREE Level 2 charger offer, click here.

  • Uses a 240V circuit
  • Takes 4 to 8 hours to fully charge a vehicle, depending on how depleted the battery is and whether it's a hybrid or fully electric vehicle
  • Typically adds between 12-20 miles of range per hour charged
  • May require a panel upgrade by a qualified electrician
  • Requires EVSE (Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment) and permits
  • Available at some work and public sites

DC Fast Charger

This type of charger is not practical for residential installations due to cost and electrical equipment limitations.

  • Use a 480V circuit
  • Takes 20 minutes to reach 80% charge
  • Requires a special plug receptacle on your vehicle
  • Available at some public sites

Public Charging Stations

SMUD Charging Stations

You can charge most fast-charge EVs in less than 30 minutes at one of SMUD's charging stations.

  • SMUD solar parking lot

    6151 S Street, just west of the SMUD Headquarters building.
    Get directions

  • Sacramento International Airport
    Free waiting area
    5750 Crossfield Dr.
    Get directions
  • Citrus Heights
    7825 Lichen Dr., adjacent to Raley's grocery store.
    Get directions
  • Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
    2820 R Street, Sacramento
    Get directions
  • Amtrak Station
    401 I Street, Sacramento
    Get directions
  • Nugget Market
    7101 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove
    Get directions

Electric vehicle owners can participate in a new Time-of-Day (TOD) rate.

On the TOD rate, when you use electricity is just as important as the amount of electricity you use. You pay different rates for electricity based on the time of day you use it. For example, rates are highest during weekdays in the summer from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For plug-in electric vehicle owners, there is an additional 1.5¢ per kWh credit for charging your EV between midnight and 6 a.m. every day, all year long.

Learn more about the Time-Of-Day rate.

For more information or to enroll in a rate, please email us at

Learn more about EVs and if it is the right choice for you at one of our workshops or events.

View available classes


Hear what SMUD customers have to say about owning an EV

…the cost savings, use of the carpool lane, and plain fun of driving a very responsive car have together made the daily commute and switch to electric drive a win-win. SMUD’s special rate for charging from midnight to 6 AM allows me to save $70 monthly over driving our Honda Civic.

…I think a lot about the world the next generation is going to inherit. The fact that my commute doesn’t contribute to global warming makes me feel much better about driving. Plus, I save a ton of money on gas, which really helps me stretch my teacher’s salary!