Sacramento launches EV charging rebate
Sacramento County in California has launched a US$15.5 million (£11m €13m) electric vehicle rebate to encourage more businesses to make charging facilities available to employees.
The California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) will offer rebates to encourage the fitting of Level 2 chargers and high-powered DC fast chargers.
CALeVIP is funded by the state energy commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The Energy Commission will provide US$14 million (£11m €12m) to the project, while Sacramento Municipal Utility District will provide a further US$1.5 million (£1.1m €1.3m).
CALeVIP will offer rebates of up to $70,000 per charger or 75% of the total installation cost, whichever is less. Rebates for Level 2 chargers will be up to $6,000 per connector. Additional funding is also being made available for installations in disadvantaged communities.
California, which has always proven itself to be very positive toward EVs and is the home to Tesla‘s headquarters, is aiming to get 5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
To support these ambitious aims, the state plans to place 250,000 EV chargers on roadsides across California by 2025.
There are currently more than 10,000 electric vehicles in Sacramento and just over 700 chargers, a number the new investment will edge closer to 1,000. Revenue produced by the state-owned chargers will be reinvested back into the network.
At the end of last year (2018), Volkswagen-owned Electrify America won approval for the installation of its second round of EV chargers from the California Air Resources Board.
The US$200 million (£157m €175m) plan for a new round of public infrastructure was announced in October  and includes provisions for investments in charging stations to support EV bus fleets, taxis, as well as the installation of residential and autonomous chargers.
The network will consist of more than 600 fast DC charging dispensers at 160 sites. In addition, Electrify America will build approximately 1,500 charging stations featuring Level 2 chargers at workplaces and homes.
The implementation of the second cycle will begin on the 1 July 2019 and conclude at the end of 2021.
Electrify America has committed to invest US$800 million (£631m €700m) in EV projects through four investment cycles over a 10-year period.
As part of the second cycle, it will move into three new regions of California: the Riverside-San Bernardino corridor in eastern Los Angeles, and the Santa Cruz-Watsonville and Santa Rosa regions in Northern California.
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