Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at State Properties

Under the leadership of Governor Brown, the State of California has set ambitious zero emission vehicle (ZEV) goals:

  • 1.5 million ZEVs on California roads by 2025;
  • At least 25 percent of state fleet purchases of light-duty vehicles must be ZEVs by 2020; and
  • State agencies must electrify at least 5 percent of parking spaces at state-owned facilities.

Below is an overview of the steps that must be taken to prioritize sites and secure funding for electric vehicle charging station installation. For the full, printable version view the Quick Reference Guide.

First Steps
  1. Before securing funding for chargers, identify all relevant facilities. Then, prioritize parking spaces best-suited for installation. View an interactive map of state-owned facilities.
  2. Read DGS Management Memo 16-07, which provides direction to all state agencies and departments in complying with the Governor’s Executive Order (mentioned above).
  3. Have the following documents on hand:
  • Utility customer account number/service account number
  • Federal tax ID number
  • County tax assessor parcel number for site
  • Name of Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to issue building permit approvals [for state-owned properties, it is the Department of the State Architect (DSA)]
  • Lessor contact information
Prioritizing Facilities

Existing Fleet

  • Are there any ZEVs in the agency or department’s fleet without adequate charging infrastructure? If so, at which properties are existing ZEVs located or do they travel?
  • Which facilities house the highest volume of fleet vehicles?
  • Which facilities house the most utilized fleet vehicles?
  • Which facilities have the potential to support both fleet and workplace charging with the same electric vehicle supply equipment?

Future Fleet

  • Where are ZEVs purchased in the next 5 years likely to be domiciled?

Workplace Charging

  • Which facilities house the highest volume of workplace parking stalls? How many of those have over 200 workplace parking stalls? For many of the investor-owned utility programs (funding programs administered by the three major utilities in the state—SDG&E, PG&E, and SCE) the minimum number of stalls is 10 (5% of 200 stalls total).
  • Which facilities have employees that currently drive ZEVs and lack adequate charging infrastructure?
  • Which facilities have employees who would purchase/lease ZEV if charging were available?
  • Which facilities are located in high ZEV adoption regions?

Public Access

  • Which facilities support public parking?
  • Which facilities have high public visibility?
Investor-Owned Utility Programs

There are many ways to go about securing outside funding to cover or help offset the cost of electric vehicle chargers and associated infrastructure. The most comprehensive funding sources are the three major investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in California:

SDG&E: Power Your Drive
A program administered by San Diego Gas & Electric, which covers the full cost of station installation, operation, and maintenance of chargers at no cost to the site host.

PG&E: EV Charge Network
A program administered by Pacific Gas & Electric, which covers the full cost of make-ready installation (all of the infrastructure necessary before installing a charger) and a rebate of up to 25-100% on charging equipment.

SCE: Charge Ready
A program administered by Southern California Edison, which provides a rebate for some or all of the cost of charging station installation. To estimate an applicant’s rebate, use SCE’s Rebate Calculator.

EVgo: NRG Settlement Funding
EVgo offers an incentive to cover the full cost of make-ready installation (all of the infrastructure necessary before installing a charger) within any of the three major IOU territories (SDG&E, PG&E, SCE).

Publicly-Owned Utility Programs

A variety of publicly-owned utilities (POUs) across the state offer incentive programs to offset the cost of station installation. Many of them are administered in the form of a rebate, which are issued after the installation of a charging station is complete. Any given customer will only qualify for one POU program. There is no overlap between POU territories. However, it may be possible to qualify for both an IOU and a POU program if the subject property is served by both.

City of Anaheim Public Utilities Department
The Public Access EV Charger Rebate Program reimburses customers for out-of-pocket expenses up to $5,000 per charging station at public access locations, or $10,000 for school or affordable housing locations (maximum of 4 charging stations).

Burbank Water and Power
Burbank Water and Power (BWP) Charging Station Rebate offers commercial customers up to $1,000 back on a Level 2 charger.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Charge Up L.A.! offers commercial customers a rebate of up to $4,000 for hardwired or pedestal mounted electric vehicle chargers.

Pasadena Water and Power
Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) Electric Vehicle Charger Incentive will provide a rebate of up to $600 for non-residential customers who purchase and install qualifying electric vehicle charging stations.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Workplace Charger Incentive can help provide chargers by offering a $1,500 incentive for each Level 2 hardwired wall or pedestal mounted charger port at a customer’s place of business. Incentives for up to 20 electric vehicle chargers are available per business location.

Air District Programs

Like POUs, a variety of Air Districts across the state offer incentive programs to help offset the cost of station installation. To determine the air district in which the subject property is located, refer to the Air Resources Board Map.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Charge! Program offers grant funding to help offset a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing newly publicly available electric vehicle charging stations within the district.

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Charge Up! Program provides funding for public agencies and businesses in the Valley to install electric vehicle chargers for public access.

Northern Sonoma Air Quality Control District
3-2-1 Go Green! is a grant and rebate incentive program to support the development, proliferation of a clean air, and the electric vehicle community in the district.

South Coast Air Quality Management District
Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Rebates for Non-Profit and Governmental Organizations provides funding for electric vehicle chargers to non-profit organizations and government agencies that are located in the district.


Transportation Authority of Marin
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Grant Program assists public agencies that install employee-only or publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations. Provides matching funds of 75% of the complete installation up to $1,500 for one Level 1 charger (per charging head) or up to $3,000 for one Level 2 charger (per charging head).

Using Internal Agency/Department Funding

If unable to secure funds through one of the external programs above, operating funds must be used. In this case, follow home agency or department’s normal construction contracting procedures to purchase both the installation of electrical infrastructure and the chargers themselves. The Department of General Services can provide construction management services for installation of chargers. Contact sustainability@dgs.ca.gov to request assistance with your installation. Use Cal eProcure to search the contract ID (8-digit sequence) and view all relevant information about using the contract, including user instructions. Note: if you wish to install basic Level 1 (L1) or Level 2 (L2) chargers, you must use either 1-14-61-13B or 1-14-61-13C.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (or EVSE – a term that encompasses a charging system) is identified on the state contract as of June 15, 2017. To find out more, use Cal eProcure search tool for the current list.

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