The California Energy Commission (CEC) has announced $38 million in incentives to fund publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in low-income and disadvantaged communities in Northern and Southern California. This initiative, known as the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), aims to expand the availability of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in areas most affected by air pollution.
The rebates, available to businesses, nonprofits, tribes and public entities, cover 50% of a project’s total cost or up to $100,000, depending on loading capacity. Eligible sites must be located in low-income and disadvantaged communities, as defined in the California Climate Investments Priority Populations Map.
CALeVIP’s Golden State Project is the nation’s largest electric vehicle charging incentive initiative. This second phase focuses on the installation of Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) stations, which are essential to meeting the on-the-go charging needs of electric vehicle drivers. The first phase of incentives was offered in the eastern and central regions of California earlier this year.
Expanding electric vehicle charging options in low-income and disadvantaged communities will increase the likelihood that residents will consider purchasing an electric vehicle, helping to improve air quality and reduce the impacts of climate change. California exceeded its goal of selling 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) two years ahead of schedule.
CALeVIP is part of the CEC’s Clean Transportation Program, which is investing $1.4 billion through 2024 to accelerate the development of the state’s ZEV infrastructure. The program is a critical part of California’s $52 billion climate commitment, which includes significant funding for zero-emission vehicles and infrastructure.
The refund application window opens September 13 and closes December 12, 2023. Those interested can learn about project requirements and apply for funding through the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), which manages CALeVIP.
Overall, this funding initiative aims to close the charging gap in rural areas and ensure that all Californians have adequate access to public electric vehicle charging stations. By supporting the expansion of charging infrastructure, California continues to lead the way in promoting electric transportation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
– California Energy Commission
– Center for Sustainable Energy