What is CALeVIP?
The California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) is a project-based grant program funded by the California Energy Commission and implemented by the Center for Sustainable Energy. CALeVIP originally focused on public Level 2 and DC fast charging infrastructure, aiming to meet the current and future EV charging needs of different regions throughout California. The program is now focused exclusively on high-speed DC fast chargers.
The latest iteration of CALeVIP provides DCFC rebates up to 50% of approved project costs, with a maximum of $100,000 per active connector.
The first version of CALeVIP provided county-specific rebates for both Level 2 and DC fast chargers. CALeVIP 1.0 launched 13 projects between 2017 and 2022, covering 36 counties across California. In total, CALeVIP was funded for $186 million in EV charging rebates.
Some CALeVIP 1.0 projects still have funding available for Level 2 charger rebates. These projects will run until all funds have been exhausted. To view all CALeVIP 1.0 projects, visit this site.
The current version of CALeVIP launched in 2023. It focuses exclusively for high-speed DC fast chargers, and favors applicants who have already started site verification, permitting, and utility designs. In other words, CALeVIP 2.0 is for shovel-ready DC fast charger installations.
The debut CALeVIP 2.0 project is Golden State Priority Project. In summary:
- The Golden State Priority Parents provides rebates for DC fast chargers capable of outputting at least 150 kW,
- The project is only available for sites in the eastern and central regions of California,
- Eligible applicants can receive up 50% of their total project costs, to a maximum of $100,000 per active connector,
- Funding is only available for sites in disadvantaged communities (DAC) or low-income utilities (LAC).
- This first CALeVIP 2.0 project is funded up to $30 million.
- The Golden State Priority Project is now open—the application window closes at 5:00 PM on March 10, 2023.
To learn more about CALeVIP 2.0, visit the official website.
CALeVIP is administered by the Center for Sustainable Energy. ChargeLab is not a delivery agent of CALeVIP and has no influence over the CALeVIP selection process.
For the most comprehensive information on CALeVIP, check the official webpage: https://calevip.org/