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Comprehensive Land Use and Regional Growth Projects

SANDAG Electric Vehicle Charging Program: CALeVIP San Diego County Incentive Project

SANDAG is excited to partner with the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP). Starting October 27, businesses, commercial properties, multifamily residences, K-12 school districts and local government facilities in San Diego County can apply for rebates up to $80,000 on eligible electric vehicle charger equipment and installation costs. Register for the upcoming requirements webinar on Thursday, August 27 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. to learn more.

Electric vehicles (EVs), along with other zero emission vehicles, are playing a major role in how countries, states, and local governments plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve local air quality, and reduce petroleum dependence. Transportation electrification is a key strategy in the SANDAG bold new transportation vision to enhance connectivity, increase safety and sustainability, and improve quality of life in the San Diego area.

Through a $600,000 planning grant from Caltrans initiated in 2018, SANDAG has been developing a Regional Electric Vehicle Charging Program (EVCP) to expand access to charging infrastructure for San Diego County residents.  To date, SANDAG has explored programmatic best practices including program administration options, eligible technologies, incentive amounts, participation guidelines, reporting methods, and outreach approaches. SANDAG has received input from local governments and public agencies, businesses and industry, community-based organizations, other stakeholders, and the public to inform the process.

In 2018, SANDAG invited the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) to join in developing the EVCP and combine local funding for EV infrastructure incentives. Subsequently, SANDAG pursued a partnership with the California Energy Commission (CEC) to leverage EVCP funding to bring significant state investment to the region through the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP). CALeVIP is a CEC program that provides incentives for light-duty EV charging infrastructure to improve air quality, combat climate change, and reduce petroleum use; seven CALeVIP projects are currently active across the state. In July 2019, the CEC selected the San Diego region, along with Sonoma Coast, and Peninsula-Silicon Valley, as one of several new California regions to receive CALeVIP funding in 2020. The San Diego region’s CALeVIP program is expected to launch in October 2020.

In partnership with CEC and the APCD, SANDAG anticipates the San Diego County Incentive Project will provide nearly $21.7 million in incentives for publicly accessible charging stations in the first 3-years.

  • About $6 million in incentives will be available for shared use or public Level 2 (L2) EV chargers.
  • $15.8 million in incentives will be available for publicly accessible Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) infrastructure.

Final CALeVIP program requirements are forthcoming from the CEC and will be made available here and on the CEC’s CALeVIP website.

Project Updates

Staff Reports and Presentations:

Supporting Tools and Resources:

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) released 3 EV charger permit streamlining resources in July 2019:

  1. EV Charging Station Permitting Guidebook, in support of implementing AB1236, which established permitting process and communications requirements for cities and counties.
  2. Permitting Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Scorecard that local governments can use to rate how “EV Charging Station Permit Ready” their community is (Green, Yellow, Red).  The scorecard includes resources after the checklist to help with complying with AB1236. 
  3. Electric Vehicle Charging Station Permit Streamlining Map which will visually show which jurisdictions are EVCS Permit Ready.

SANDAG’s Plug-in San Diego project recently ended but included resources in support of EV charging in the region.


With adoption of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan and its Sustainable Communities Strategy in 2015, the SANDAG Board of Directors committed its support to building out a network of publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure throughout the region.

The Regional Plan Environmental Impact Report solidified SANDAG’s commitment through greenhouse gas mitigation measure 4C. The measure states that SANDAG will allocate $30 million over 30 years for charging infrastructure and that a regional incentive program will be established by 2020 to promote and increase publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure.

Project Manager

Jeff Hoyos, Associate Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 699-1932, Email:

Susan Freedman, Senior Regional Energy Planner
Phone: (619) 699-7387, Email:

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