For Immediate Release: April 4, 2019

Project to award up to $15.5 million in rebates for electric vehicle chargers in Sacramento County

Project promotes plug-in electric vehicle adoption

A rebate project to increase access to electric vehicle (EV) chargers throughout Sacramento County is launching with up to $15.5 million in funds available for qualifying local businesses and nonprofit organizations.

The rebates will be available through the Sacramento County Incentive Project to install both commercial-grade Level 2 chargers and high-powered DC fast chargers. The project is an initiative of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), which works with local community partners to develop and implement regional incentive projects for charging infrastructure that supports the adoption of EVs statewide.

CALeVIP and its regional projects are implemented by the Center for Sustainable Energy and funded primarily by the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. California’s goal is to get 5 million EVs on its roads by 2030 to reduce carbon emissions and to support those vehicles by installing 250,000 chargers statewide.

“The California Energy Commission is pleased to partner with the Center for Sustainable Energy and SMUD to increase access to charging infrastructure that makes plug-in electric cars with no tailpipe pollution an easier choice for drivers in Sacramento County and surrounding communities,” said Janea A. Scott, vice chair of the California Energy Commission. “By supporting increased deployment of charging infrastructure in communities across California, CALeVIP is helping the state transition to zero emission vehicles, reducing pollution from the transportation sector.”

In Sacramento County, the Energy Commission is funding $14 million and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is providing $1.5 million. SMUD has also committed to invest all its revenue generated by this project from the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program to support additional community EV charger installations.

Currently, there are more than 10,000 EVs and nearly 700 EV chargers in public locations throughout Sacramento County, according to SMUD officials.

"Our goal is to improve the environmental, social and economic vitality of communities across our region, and increasing mobility with clean cars is one way to do that," said Ed Hamzawi, SMUD’s director of Advanced Energy Solutions. "We are proud to play a key role in promoting electric vehicle adoption and infrastructure expansion as Sacramento works to lead the way."

CALeVIP is currently accepting applications from eligible Sacramento businesses and public entities for DC fast charger installations with rebates of up to $70,000 per charger or 75 percent of the total installation project’s cost, whichever is less. Rebates for Level 2 chargers are up to $6,000 per connector. Applicants can apply for multiple charger rebates.

Additional funding is available for installations in disadvantaged communities, with up to $80,000 for DC fast chargers and up to $6,500 for Level 2 chargers.

Level 2 chargers deliver 15-35 miles of electric driving range per hour of charging and are great for locations where drivers are parked for a few hours. DC fast chargers can power most EVs and provide over 100 miles of driving range per hour of charging, which is ideal along major travel corridors for on-the-go charging.

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

A national nonprofit organization, CSE manages statewide incentive programs for electric vehicles and electrical vehicle charging infrastructure in California, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

CALeVIP also currently offers incentive projects in a four-county area of Southern California and in Fresno County with other projects planned throughout the state. CALeVIP is currently funded for $77 million, with the potential to receive up to $200 million.

Property owners and managers can learn about plug-in EV charging, how to plan installations and manage chargers and the application process by visiting the CALeVIP website. A recorded webinar for prospective charger site hosts is available online. For more information, visit CALeVIP.org.


About the California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. The agency was established by the California Legislature through the Warren-Alquist Act in 1974. It has seven core responsibilities: advancing state energy policy, encouraging energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, developing renewable energy, transforming transportation and preparing for energy emergencies.


About the Center for Sustainable Energy

The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is a national nonprofit organization focused on the goal to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world powered by clean energy. CSE helps consumers, businesses, governments and others adopt energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean transportation technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, CSE operates regional offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Oakland, California; Boston, Massachusetts; and Brooklyn and Stony Brook, New York. Learn more at EnergyCenter.org.


About the Sacramento Municipal Utility District

As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned, not-for-profit, electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 70 years to Sacramento County and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo counties. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD’s power mix is about 50 percent noncarbon emitting. For more information, visit smud.org.