Crucial Project Requirements:

  • Unique login credentials are required for application submittals. CALeVIP prohibits the sharing of login credentials for submitting applications among individuals, including staff within the same organization. Please create individual accounts prior to project launch. Failure to do so may lead to application cancellations.
  • CALeVIP does not permit submissions by bots or automated processes. We reserve the right to cancel applications using any method that could disadvantage other applicants.
  • All applicants will be required to use Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) certified electricians for the installation of electric vehicle charging equipment in order to be eligible for CALeVIP rebates. For more information, see the Project Implementation Manual, available in the Downloads section below.

Southern California Level 2 Incentive Project

Level 2 Chargers
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties
Up to $6,000 per connector

Available Funding

Funding is displayed in real time for the Southern California Level 2 Incentive Project.

Provisionally reserved funds represent applications that are currently under review to move to reserved funds.

Overview

The Southern California Level 2 Incentive Project promotes easy access to zero-emission vehicle infrastructure for the purchase and installation of eligible electric vehicle (EV) chargers in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties– with a total of $23 million in available incentive funds.

CPA Clean Power Alliance logo
The Southern California Level 2 Incentive Project is presented in partnership with Clean Power Alliance (CPA).

Eligible Rebates for Level 2 Chargers:

Eligible Rebates Amount per Connector
Base Rebate Up to $3,500, or 75% of project costs, whichever is less
Disadvantaged Community (DAC) or Low-Income Community (LIC) Additional $500
Multi-unit dwelling (MUD) site Additional $2,000

Please note: If the site qualifies as both a DAC and LIC, each Level 2 connector is only eligible for an additional $500.

A minimum of 60% of funding in each county is required to be invested in DAC/LIC applications.

All final rebate amounts are determined by the total eligible project costs. Find out more about eligible site types and eligible rebate amounts for DAC/LIC and non-DAC/LIC applicants in the FAQ section.

You will need the following to begin your application:

  • Authority to apply — All applicants must submit a completed Site Verification Form within 5 calendar days of applying
  • Installation site address
  • TIN/EIN for recipient of rebate check

Eligibility Requirements

Project cost requirements:

  • All costs may be incurred starting February 7, 2022 but are incurred at your own risk prior to the date your funds are reserved (e.g., application may be determined ineligible, or funds may be unavailable at time of application)
  • Rebates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis

Applicant requirements:

  • Be a site owner or their authorized agent with a Site Verification Form submitted within five calendar days of application date
  • Be a business, nonprofit organization, California Native American Tribe listed with the Native American Heritage Commission or a public or government entity based in California or operate as a California-based affiliate
  • Must have a valid California Business License, except public agencies (e.g. municipalities) and Joint Powers Authority agencies.
  • To be eligible for Clean Power Alliance(CPA) funding, be a CPA customer with an installation site in Los Angeles County.

Installation requirements:

  • Use Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) certified electricians for the installation of the EV chargers:
    • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure and equipment up to 24.9 kilowatts on customer side of meter is to be installed by a contractor with the appropriate license classification and at least one electrician on each crew, at all times during work hours, who holds EVITP certification
    • If the electric vehicle charging supports a charging port supplying 25 kilowatts or more, at least 25 percent of the total electricians working on each crew, at all times during work hours, must hold EVITP certification.
  • One member of each crew may be both the contractor and the EVITP certified electrician.

Installation site requirements:

  • Located in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, or San Bernardino Counties
  • Premises must be well-lit, secure, and in compliance with all federal, state and municipal laws, ordinances, rules, codes, standards and regulations
  • Be an eligible site: commercial (public availability), workplace (Public or private parking facilities, but must be shared use parking spaces), multi-unit dwelling (Public or private parking facilities, but must be shared use parking spaces), or curbside charging
  • Single family residence and assigned parking installations are NOT eligible.

Equipment requirements:

Level 2 Chargers

  • New EV charging equipment
  • ENERGY STAR® Certified
  • Networked: Equipment and network must have remote diagnostics and be capable of “remote start.” Must also be capable of usage data collection. Minimum two-year networking agreement (eligible towards total project cost)
  • Capable of 6.2 kW or greater per connector
  • Use an open standard protocol as a basic framework for purposes of network interoperability.
  • If payment is required, must accept some form of credit cards and multiple forms of payment
  • Must be listed by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory Program (NRTL).
  • Equipment must be registered on the CALeVIP project webpage and listed in the application;
    • To list eligible equipment, manufacturers must submit a completed online equipment form.

Eligible Equipment Costs

Eligible Costs

The following equipment and costs are eligible for rebate funds:

  • Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)
  • Transformer
  • Electric Panels
  • Energy storage equipment
  • All-inclusive solar EV charging systems
  • Installation costs (labor and materials)
  • Utility service order
  • Planning and engineering design costs
  • Project signage
  • Network agreement with network provider
  • Extended warranties
  • Stub-outs
  • Design, engineering, and utility service costs,
  • Required ADA upgrades to site due to project, but not to include or cover upgrades of existing ADA non-compliance, and
  • Demand management equipment

Permits as required by authorities having jurisdiction are not eligible costs.
Rebate funds do not cover standalone solar panels.

Application Process

It's easy, just follow the steps below to apply for your rebate:

1. Be an eligible applicant with a qualified installation site.

2. Apply online. Note: all costs can be incurred (at applicant’s risk) starting February 7, 2022.

3. Upload and submit a completed Site Verification Form within 5 calendar days to avoid application cancellation.

4. We review your application and confirm eligibility. Once your application is qualified, your rebate funds are reserved, and you have 270 calendar days (9 months) to complete your project.

5. Upload and submit required Evidence of Permit submittal or, if upgraded or new utility service is required for the project, Utility Service Design submittal documents within 60 calendar days of the Funds Reserved date to avoid application cancellation.

6. Submit your remaining installation documents online for CSE review and processing.

7. Receive your rebate check in the mail within 15 business days of application approval.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General

Funded by the California Energy Commission and implemented by the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), the Southern California Level 2 Incentive Project promotes access to electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure by providing rebates for Level 2 (L2) Chargers.

Please contact the project implementer, Center for Sustainable Energy, at southern-california-level-2-calevip@energycenter.org or (213) 394-0985 for all project inquiries.

Project staff is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT to answer your questions.

Disadvantaged communities (DACs) are identified in the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool CalEnviroScreen Version 3.0 as developed by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Census tracts in the top 25 percent of CalEnviroScreen 3.0 scores are eligible for increased DAC rebate amounts. These communities are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution.

Low-income communities (LICs) are the census tracts, respectively, that are either at or below 80 percent of the statewide median income, or at or below the threshold designated as low-income by the California Department of Housing and Community Development's (HCD) 2016 State Income Limits. You   can view eligible LICs by visiting the California Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Project Map developed by the California Air Resources Board.

Charger/installation site types are listed on the next page.
The incentive amounts vary by location. Please see the next page for a full overview of incentive amounts.
Under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) all operational electric vehicle chargers generate credits for dispensing fuel, and DC fast chargers can also generate infrastructure credits based on the capacity of the DC fast charger minus the quantity of dispensed fuel. These credits can be claimed and sold for economic benefit. The EV charger owner typically has rights to these LCFS credits, but they may be assigned/transacted to another party. More details and links to relevant resources are available on the next page.

Application Process

If you do not receive an email within 15 minutes after submitting your online application or requesting a link to create/reset your password, please check your spam/junk/bulk mail folders.

Make sure that southern-california-level-2-calevip@energycenter.org is on your email safe senders list so you can receive our emails. To find out how to do this, reference the question below.

For guidance on adding our email address to your safe senders list, you will need the name of your email service provider.
A list of required supporting documents is available on the next page.
Submit supporting documents through an easy online upload or by mail. Please see full instructions on the next page.
Once your online application is submitted, CSE will review your application to ensure it meets all eligibility requirements. Once CSE review is complete, you will receive a Funds Reserved email confirming that rebate funds have been reserved for your application. You have 270 days (9 months) from the reservation date to purchase and install your eligible equipment and submit the required documents.
Once all required documents have been uploaded, CSE will begin reviewing your documents. To complete the review process, we may need to follow up with you for missing or incomplete information. Once all documents are complete, your application will be approved. We typically issue rebate checks within 15 business days of application approval contingent on available rebate funding.

Eligibility

There is no limit to the total amount of rebates an organization can receive if incentive funding is available.
Please check the electric utility bill associated with the installation site to confirm which entity provides power to the site. This information is required to qualify for partner funding. Please review the following list to determine if your installation site is provided power by Clean Power Alliance (CPA).
To be eligible for Clean Power Alliance (CPA) funds, you must be a CPA customer with installation site in CPA territory (County of Los Angeles). When submitting an online application, choose SCE with Clean Power Alliance (CPA) Service as the power provider. You will need to enter the service account number, account holder name, and billing address associated with the site.

For the purposes of the Southern California Level 2 Incentive Project, eligible fleets are defined as groups of motor vehicles owned or leased by a business, government agency or other organization rather than by an individual or family. Chargers may be public or private and must be shared use. Chargers must primarily serve light-duty vehicles but can serve medium and heavy-duty vehicles as a secondary use. Primary use of chargers cannot be for medium or heavy-duty vehicles.

Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are defined as those with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of over 10,000 pounds.

Energy storage (ES) is typically a battery that uses a smart energy management system to charge and discharge as needed. Generally, ES is installed as a peak load-shaving strategy and can be particularly effective in reducing energy consumption from the grid while a DC fast charger is in operation. ES equipment is an eligible cost towards the project cost but is not required and will not increase the incentive amount.
Eligible applicants must meet all requirements listed on the next page.
Eligible sites must meet the requirements listed on the next page.

The goal of the project is to incentivize the completion of new EV charger installation projects only. Installations that have been completed prior to the rebate project start date are not eligible to receive rebates. All costs can be incurred starting February 7, 2022 but are incurred at applicant’s own risk prior to the funds reserved date (e.g., application may be determined ineligible, or funds may be unavailable at time of application). Funds reserved date is defined as the date funds are reserved for the application and the “Funds Reserved” email notification has been sent to the applicant.

Project EVITP requirements align with Assembly Bill 841 and CA Public Utilities Code 740.20.

Southern California Level 2 Incentive Project