The State of California has an incentive program that has added EV chargers to the list of eligible technologies. As electric cars become more common, having places to charge their electric vehicles becomes more important. More importantly for many electric car drivers, having a place to charge their cars after long commutes or drives out of town is vital. This article will briefly outline how California is driving EV deployment even faster.
2018 Electrification Goals
In 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed Executive Order B-48-18 to boost electrification goals to 5 million Zero Emission Vehicles on the road by 2030 with 250,000 EV chargers installed and in the ground by 2025. California already leads the way in setting the pace on electric vehicle policies and constitutes over 50%, and the new 2019 policy will surely promote even greater adoption.
2019 CA EV Charger Incentive?
California will pay $0.20 – $0.25/kWh (roughly $4,400 a year, assuming 1 full EV charge per day) for each EV charger installed. This incentive will last as long as funding is available. Current predictions assume the funding will last through 2030.
Any commercial, industrial, agricultural, utility-scale or other non-residential property is eligible for the EV Charger Incentive. Even more exciting is that your installer can go back to previous EV charger installations to claim the credit.
Other Key EV Factors
The initiative to promote greater ZEV use in California is also driven by other state initiatives. California’s CALGreen building code includes an EV readiness measure that requires 6% of all parking spaces in commercial buildings and 3% in multi-unit dwellings be electrified. Additionally, California’s Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development will streamline charging station permitting by releasing a guidebook, this year, to help local jurisdictions improve permitting.
Zero Emission Vehicles Are the Future
There is little doubt that ZEM and CV chargers are the directions of the future in California. EV options will become better, and more accessible. As consumer choices lean toward EV, organizations will want to provide EV charging options. If you are ready to take advantage of the incentive, now is the time to partner with a local, commercial solar installer who can not only install your EV chargers but also ensure you qualify for the 2019 CA EV Charger Incentive.
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