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Attract More Tenants to Your Property by Adding EV Chargers

Available Now!

Approximately 50% of the residents in our area live in apartments, and tenants want to buy electric vehicles just as much as single-family homeowners. However, a common issue faced by tenants is that many multifamily properties don’t have EV chargers. SVCE is offering incentives of up to $50,000 for installing Level 1 and Level 2 chargers at multifamily properties plus additional incentives for chargers at affordable housing. We hope to make it easier for multifamily residents to switch to driving electric vehicles.

Incentives Available

Multifamily property owners with at least four units can apply.

Property Category Property Type Equipment Type1 Incentive Amount Maximum Incentive
Existing Building Multifamily Dwelling L1 or L2 outlet $2,500 Up to $50,000 per project site or 75% of total project costs, whichever is less
L2 EVSE port $5,500
Panel Upgrade Up to $5,000 per site
Pre-wiring $1,500 per pre-wired port/outlet
Up to 10 per site
100% Affordable Multifamily Dwelling2 L1 or L2 outlet $2,500 Up to $60,000 per project site or 100% of total project costs, whichever is less
L2 EVSE port $5,500
Panel Upgrade Up to $5,000 per site
Pre-wiring $1,500 per pre-wired port/outlet
Up to 10 per site
New Construction Affordable Multifamily Dwelling2 L1 or L2 outlet $1,000 100% of total project costs3
L2 EVSE port $2,000
1 Please see Equipment Specifications for details.
2 Affordable Housing is defined as residential buildings that consist of units below market rate and whose rents or sales prices are governed by local agencies to be affordable based on area median income (<80% AMI and below). New construction projects with a smaller percentage of affordable units may seek incentives for EV chargers accessible by residents in those units.
3 Only ports that exceed CALGreen minimum requirements are eligible for new construction projects.

Interested in installing EV chargers on your property? Apply Today!

How it Works

1.  Before purchasing or installing the equipment, apply to reserve your incentive.
Review the Participant Agreement and complete the online Application prior to purchasing and installing the equipment. SVCE will send you an email confirming your reservation. For existing building projects, SVCE will reserve your incentive for up to 12 months from the date of reservation. New construction funds will be reserved for up to 3 years.

2. Install the EV charging equipment.
Complete installation of your Level 1 or Level 2 chargers and, if applicable, complete your electrical panel upgrade.

3. Submit paperwork and feedback to receive your final incentive payment.
Once the installed chargers are inspected by your local jurisdiction, fill out the Incentive Claim Form. You will need to provide feedback about your experience via an online survey. You will also need to adhere SVCE stickers to each charger. You can submit multiple Claim Forms if you are installing your equipment in phases. We will mail your incentive check to you.

Required Documents

Type When to submit
Application Apply now, one for each site
Participant Agreement Review and indicate agreement in your Application
Incentive Claim Form Upon completion of your project

Additional Incentives and Support Available

Technical Support Available

Through FutureFit EV Assist, multifamily property owners can access free technical assistance every step of the way to install EV charging on premises.

EVmatch – Smart EV Charging

SVCE, the California Energy Commission (CEC) and EVmatch , a local EV charging software company, are partnering to install reservable EV chargers at multifamily residences. Included in the incentive program:

  • Up to six free smart charging stations
  • Access to $5,000 per charger for installation-related costs
  • Five-year EVmatch charger management software subscription that allows EV owners to reserve publicly available sharing stations

Eligible properties must allow public access to the charging stations during some hours.

This program is now open and available for a limited time. Please reach out to hannah.gustafson@svcleanenergy.org with any questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Multifamily property owners or entities authorized to apply on their behalf  with at least four units can apply. Developers of new construction affordable housing are also eligible to apply.

Yes. When project sites combine incentives from multiple sources, Silicon Valley Clean Energy incentives may be reduced so total incentives do not exceed the applicable caps for a project.

Please see the Participant Agreement for detailed agreements you will be asked to commit to.

Level 1 or 2 outlets and level 2 charging ports are eligible. For existing properties, SVCE will also provide an incentive to upgrade an electric panel, if required to install the chargers. To qualify for panel upgrade incentives, applicants must be upsized to a new or expanded capacity of at least 200 amps. Incentives are also available for pre-wiring for future EV charging installations. See full Equipment Specifications.

Charger equipment, charger installation labor costs, electric panel upgrade costs and infrastructure upgrade costs are eligible. See full Equipment Specifications for more details on eligible expenses. Note that all work and equipment purchases must occur after the date of reservation of funds. Planning and design work are permissible prior to the reservation date.

The incentive amount will vary depending on the total project cost. Most sites can receive per site up to $50,000 or 75% of total project costs, whichever is less. For 100% affordable housing, SVCE will fund up to $60,000 or 100% of total project costs, whichever is less. New construction affordable housing sites may apply for incentives based on the total number of chargers installed beyond the state code minimum.

Affordable Housing is defined as residential buildings that consist of units below market rate and whose rents or sales prices are governed by local agencies to be affordable based on area median income. New construction projects with a portion of affordable units may seek incentives for EV chargers accessible by residents in those units.

To reserve funds for your incentives for existing properties, you will need to submit a quote from an electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installer and a photo of your existing electric panel if upgrading it. New construction projects will need to submit documentation showing the EVSE plan for the development.

Once the project is completed, to claim your incentive, you will be asked to provide a number of supporting documents, including equipment and contractor invoices showing payment, photos of newly installed equipment, permit and proof of inspection. You will also be asked to complete a short survey about your experience. The incentive check will be mailed to you shortly after.

Please see the link located on this page to the Incentive Claim Form. You will be able to attach the documents in a simple “drag & drop” format through a secure DocuSign portal. There is no need for login or creating an account.

Yes, you can submit a Claim Form for a portion of your project and then another Claim Form after a later phase.

Chargers only need to be made available to the tenants living on your multifamily property.

Only electric vehicle charging equipment and electric panels with the start-of-installation date occurring after the application has been approved by SVCE and rebate funds have been reserved for the planning and design work is permissible prior to signing.

Contact us at SVCEprograms@smud.org. We’d be happy to answer any questions.