Electric Vehicle Charging & Rates

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Electric Vehicle Charging & Rates2019-07-16T11:25:53-07:00
Rebates are now available for charging station installations at workplace and multifamily properties. Learn more about the program and how to apply.

EV Charging Station Rebates for Workplaces & Multifamily Properties

California is leading the way in electric vehicle (EV) adoption. In fact, your area has over 23,000 EV drivers on the road now and is projected to add at least another 33,000 EVs in the next four years. Will these drivers be living or working at your property?

MCE and Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) generous rebate programs for EV charging stations can help workplace and multifamily properties save up to 100% on hardware and installation costs, making now the right time to take action. MCE’s EV Charging Program covers both large and small charging stations (from 2 to 20+ charging ports), so properties of any size can benefit.

Two Ways to Take Advantage of Lower Cost Charger Installation

MCEv Charging EV Charge Network 
Eligible LocationsWorkplaces and Multifamily Properties (market rate and low income with 4 or more units) within MCE’s service area*Workplaces and Multifamily Properties (market rate and low income with 4 or more units) within MCE’s service area*
Project Size2-20 charging ports10 or more charging ports
Open to New ApplicantsYesNo
Rebate Amount$3,000 per port from MCE$1,150 – $2,300 per port from MCE and PG&E**
Stackable with other incentivesYesYes
Technical AssistanceProvided by MCEProvided by PG&E
Electricity Service Powering Charging StationsMCE Deep Green 100% renewable energy for a rebate bonus of +$500/port (or) MCE Light Green 60% renewable energyMCE Deep Green 100% renewable energy required for at least the new meter tied to this EV charging project
*MCE’s service area includes: Marin and Napa Counties, unincorporated Contra Costa County, and the Cities and Towns of Benicia, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.
**MCE provides an additional $575 to $725 to eligible PG&E EV Charge Network participants. The total rebate amount received by a participant is not to exceed $2,300 per port.

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FAQs

Workplaces of any sector (including local government agencies) and multi-family properties with 4 or more units can participate in our EV charging rebate programs if they are MCE customers and the subsequent charging stations are metered as an MCE account.

This depends on your site and the needs of your staff, tenants, and those you serve. MCE staff is happy to help you determine the rebate program that best suits those needs. A few of the differences between MCEv and EV Charge Network are:

  • MCEv Charging is for 2-20 port projects with funding for larger projects on a case-by-case basis. EV Charge Network is for 10 or more port projects.
  • MCEv rebate covers installation and/or hardware costs. EV Charge Network fully covers make ready costs and the rebate only covers hardware costs.
  • MCEv Charging does not require an easement. EV Charge Network does.

The MCEv Charging rebate can reimburse the installation and/or hardware costs of Level 2 charging stations at workplaces and multi-family properties – not to exceed 100% of the total project costs after all incentives are accounted for.

The EV Charge Network rebate reimburses hardware costs of Level 2 charging stations at workplaces and multi-family properties – not to exceed 100% of the total project costs after all incentives are accounted for. PG&E covers all “make ready” electrical system upgrade costs for the site host.

The MCEv Charging and EV Charge Network rebates do NOT cover any annual vendor fees, maintenance costs, or electricity costs of the charging ports.

MCE’s mission is “to address climate change by reducing energy related greenhouse gas emissions through renewable energy supply and energy efficiency at stable and competitive rates for customers while providing local economic and workforce benefits.”

Buildings account for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions, but transportation is the largest emitting sector in our service area.

MCE currently serves more than 1 million residents and businesses and their buildings with local, renewable electricity. We want to do the same for EV drivers in our service area, which are anticipated to grow to 33,000 EV drivers within four years. One way we can serve our customers, improve air quality, and reduce emissions is anticipating the need for greater access to charging at workplaces and multifamily properties, especially those in underserved communities.

EVs are great but they are only as clean as the electricity provided to them. Aside from rebates, MCE is helping site hosts power those charging stations with renewable service from 100% California wind and solar energy.

Yes, you can determine who is able to access the chargers and when. You can even work with your charging vendor to set fee and rate structures to increase their utilization and, if desired, set discounts for certain user groups to easily manage benefits.

No, but you do have the option to allow the public to access your charging stations, which could provide benefits for your site, such as an additional revenue stream and more awareness of your property being EV friendly. You can work with your charging vendor to set fee and rate structures for different groups of people you serve. For example, an employer who wants to provide charging for staff at a free or discounted rate can create special access codes for that group while charging a different rate for the general public.

A project can take 3-4 months from rebate reservation to installation if the customer is proactive in working with the necessary parties. However, most of our customers’ projects in our FY18/19 program took much longer due to lags in decision maker approval, permitting, and electrical infrastructure upgrades. Most of these projects are still ongoing and expect to complete within 12 months. MCE recommends ensuring your project budget can span two fiscal years in case delays occur.  

To help ensure you have a positive experience with EV charging, any customer going through MCEv Charging or EV Charge Network must use a vendor on PG&E’s or MCE’s approved list. These vendors were selected by PG&E due to their product meeting basic requirements, their experience installing the stations, and servicing the charging network.

MCE may expand our approved vendor list. If you’d like to be considered as a vendor for an expanded list, please fill out the vendor Solicitation Form on this page.

To learn more or qualify your project for a rebate, please complete the EV and Charging Interest Form and we will get back in touch with you. You can also contact us at ev@mceCleanEnergy.org or (415) 464-6686.

EV and Charging Interest Form

Find a Public Charging Station Near You

MCE is a proud sponsor of charging stations in San Rafael, Belvedere, San Anselmo, and many more to come throughout our service area. Visit Plug Share to find a charging station near you.

Don’t have a convenient place to charge when you’re not at home?

MCE is working on installing more EV charging stations in our service area to make it easier to own an electric vehicle. If you have had difficulty finding a charging station along your commute, please let us know by completing the form below.

Special Electricity Rates for EV Drivers

Our residential EV rates (called EV2) are often lower than investor-owned utility rates, providing EV drivers a cost-effective way of charging their car at home. MCE’s EV rates are based on the time of day when a car is charged, with incentives for charging during off-peak usage hours like at night when charging is least expensive. This helps to support the grid by shifting load away from times of the day when usage is high and there is more strain on the grid.

EV rates apply to all of your household electricity usage, so even your late night TV binge watching will be cheaper! You’ll want to avoid charging during peak periods when rates are higher.

To sign up for EV rates, please complete PG&E’s online application or call PG&E at: 1 (866) 743-0335. Once your account has moved to PG&E’s EV2 rate schedule, your MCE account will automatically be billed under the corresponding MCE EV2 rate.

Go the Extra Mile with ZERO Emission Electricity

As an EV driver you already know that you have greatly reduced your carbon footprint by eliminating all of the tailpipe emissions that come out of your car.

Have you considered the emissions associated with the electricity that goes into your car? By choosing Deep Green 100% renewable energy for your household electricity, the emissions associated with charging your car are ZERO!