Rebates for up to 80% of the cost of installing DC fast chargers available in Southern California

California aims to have 5 million EVs on its roads by 2030 and to install 250,000 charging stations to support those vehicles.

The latest installment in this ongoing story is the Southern California Incentive Project (SCIP), which will make $29 million in rebates available DC fast charging stations in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

SCIP is currently accepting applications from eligible businesses and public entities for rebates of up to $70,000 per DC fast charger or 75% of the total installation project’s cost, whichever is less. Rebates of up to $80,000, or 80% of total costs, are available in designated disadvantaged communities. Eligible SCIP applicants can apply for multiple charger rebates.


Source: Green Car Congress

  • SJC

    Every Starbucks should sign up.

  • freedomev

    They rip the government, people off again.
    Fact is a 150kw DC charger only costs under $3k to make. So the others are making over 1,000% profits, which should be criminal.
    And I don’t want to hear the BS I’m wrong as I’ve been doing power electronics for 45 yrs now and SC at much higher rates for 35 yrs.
    It’s more than it costs Tesla to make theirs. The only costly thing is the Dc-Dc which is a simple device. Basically a DC motor controller but more simple. A 300Kw DC motor controller, Zilla, hand built sells for just $2k retail.
    I think Tesla, a world leader in power electronics can do better, No? And it is far more complicated than a SC.
    The rest is just a H bridge diode, a contactor, a breaker, the case and cord, just not expensive especially OEM. I’d bet it only costs Tesla $2200 or so.
    They need to force them to bid against each other, and justify their costs if the government is going to pay for it.
    Yes I know there are other install costs but that is on top of this price, same for both and variable.
    And why I’m against subsidies, as like Tariffs, just keeps prices high.
    It’s the massive $600B FF subsidies that is the problem. Put that cost in FFs and no other EV, RE subsidies, government are needed and let the market work.

    • Michael B

      Industry has [had] its thumbs on the scales of the “free market” for-evah (largely in the form of lobbyists, but also “think tanks”, “Legislative Exchange Councils”, no-bid/single-source/cost-plus contracts and all the rest). Welcome to corruption in capitalism 101.

    • Mia

      While it is true that the hardware doesn’t cost anywhere near $100k, the amperage requirements for Level 3 chargers often require significant upgrades to the electrical panels and grid infrastructure on site. This gets expensive very quickly, especially at existing commercial sites where you need to tear out existing infrastructure and upgrade / install new equipment, and then reconstruct the parking lot and anything else you had to rip up.

      To give an example, even without the grid upgrades, installing a fairly straightforward Level 2 charger can easily cost upwards of $20k in labor alone at a commercial property where the electrical boxes are often quite far from the parking lots, and the lots are rarely wired with enough power for even an L2 charger to begin with. So when you add everything for a Level 3 charger, costs of $80k+ are not uncommon.

      • freedomev

        Not really. They can in most places they can get a pole drop straight from the 1.2kv, 4kv, or 13.2Kvac distribution line is by far the best way. More power, short runs, don’t go through the building power panel because almost none can handle a SC anyway, much less an
        8 + unit station.
        A power pole drop for a L2 is only $100 in most cases. Just add your outlet. If you have it on the pole they’ll hook it up for you if yo ask. They do this all the time for events, construction, etc.
        In this kind of SC power, you use it straight from the powerlines in most cases. The Tesla 12 unit SC station in Brandon close to me is that way.
        Since next to the road is where the power poles are and the most distant parking spaces least used , it is good.
        Any good electrician is going to look for the easiest, lowest cost want and they all know about power pole drops as they get them all the time, is obvious.

        • Ian Darwin

          FreedomEV, if it’s that easy, why don’t you start a business and undercut the people that you think are charging 1000% markup? You could do fine on just 250% markup, surely. I would genuinely like to see you do this and succeed, to bring the cost down and drive EV acceptance.

        • Mia

          Not really. I actually work for an EV charging company and costs are rarely that low for total installation of a Level 2.

  • peaksunhour

    DC fast chargers would be put to good use at interstate rest stops. BUT- the big question remains – Chademo or SAE combo? Maybe just level 2 until we have a DC winner.

    • Michael B

      How about one of each (per “station”)? I don’t think either is going away anytime soon.