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Energy and Climate Change

SANDAG Electric Vehicle Charger Rebates: CALeVIP San Diego County Incentive Project

SANDAG and the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District recently partnered with the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) on the San Diego County Incentive Project.

On October 27, 2020, the application for rebates of up to $80,000 on eligible electric vehicle charger equipment and installation costs opened for businesses, commercial properties, multifamily residences, K-12 school districts, and local government facilities in San Diego County. Within one week, all funds for both DC Fast Chargers and Level 2 Chargers were already provisionally reserved.

Please refer to the CALeVIP: San Diego County Incentive Project to join the waiting list for funds.

Learn more about the CALeVIP project and the rebates available by watching this video.

Project Milestones

November 2020: CSE reviews applications

October 2020: Project launches on October 27, all available funds are provisionally reserved; CSE publishes a pre-launch webinar on October 16

May 2020: SANDAG enters into contract with CSE to administer the CALeVIP San Diego County Incentive Project

April 2020: SANDAG and APCD execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop and fund CALeVIP

September 2019: SANDAG Board approves budget amendment of $9M to fund first 6 years of EVCP

August 2019: SANDAG holds CALeVIP Workshop for all interested stakeholders

July 2019: CEC announces San Diego region as CALeVIP funding region for 2020

February & May 2019: SANDAG submits Letter of Intent to CEC and passes Board Resolution to encourage the CEC to select the San Diego region as a CALeVIP 2020 funding region

May 2018: SANDAG invites San Diego County Air Pollution Control District to partner on EVCP

January 2018: SANDAG initiates SB 1 Planning grant to develop a regional Electric Vehicle Charing Program

Project Overview and Background

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.

In partnership with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the APCD, the San Diego County Incentive Project will provide $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.
  • Technical assistance services for electricians and local governments will be available.
  • If you are interested in installing EV infrastructure but do not know where to start, request an EV expert consultation.

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.

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 launched in October 2020.

Final CALeVIP program requirements are available on the CEC’s CALeVIP website.

Staff Reports and Presentations

CALeVIP San Diego County Incentive Project Update and Permit Streamlining Resources

Supporting Tools and Resources

Informational Videos from the Center for Sustainable Energy:

How to Get Certified for Electric Vehicle Charger Installations, November 2020

Streamlining Permit Processing for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, October 2020

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

EV Charging Station Permitting Guidebook, in support of implementing AB1236, which established permitting process and communications requirements for cities and counties.

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. 

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.

EV Charging Stations: Permitting and Inspection Webinar, May 2019 (YouTube)

EV Infrastructure Needs Assessment Mapping Tool, 2019

Project Managers

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

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

Project Manager

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

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

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or