In California and throughout the United States, fleets are moving towards zero-emission technology to reduce emissions, improve efficiency, and seek the operational benefits of a zero-emission fleet. Though technology has advanced, and fleets are realizing the business case of zero-emission vehicles, infrastructure remains the biggest barrier to technology adoption. Infrastructure challenges such as deployment lead time, costly upgrades, space constraints, and demand charges are impacting the ability to effectively own and operate a zero-emission fleet. When going towards zero-emission technologies, infrastructure planning must come first!
Below are some tips for fleets to prepare for electric vehicle adoption.
Contact your utility as soon as possible; extensions can take 2 years
Optimize your upfront cost: ratio of electricity used/power brought
Optimize your $/kWh rate: based on load profile & demand charge
Confirm any permitting that may be required; contractor can advise
Plan for expansion of fleet, not just the current required capacity
Available Infrastructure Incentives:
- A voucher enhancement of up to $30,000 per vehicle voucher for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)
- A voucher enhancement of up to $100,000 per vehicle voucher (minimum 5 vehicles) for Hydrogen (H2) infrastructure
See below for details on how to apply.
To support adoption of electric vehicles by reducing infrastructure costs, an EVSE voucher enhancement of up to $30,000 per vehicle voucher is available. Vouchers are approved on a case-by-case basis.
Effective August 15, 2019, EVSE voucher enhancements must be requested within 60 days of the submittal of corresponding vehicle voucher requests.
- The EVSE Voucher Enhancement can be applied to hardware costs, load management software for smart charging, and energy storage
- The voucher enhancement does not cover labor or utility upgrade costs
- This voucher enhancement can be combined with any other funding source, not to exceed 100% of total capital cost.
- The voucher enhancement is available for accompanying vehicle vouchers requested on or after December 15, 2017, for which associated infrastructure has not yet been purchased.
- In the case of multiple vehicle voucher requests at the same location — that is owned / controlled by the fleet — associated EVSE voucher enhancements could be combined to cover an overall EVSE equipment budget.
- After submitting your request, you will be asked to supply 1) copy of purchase invoice and 2) list of other sources of public funding, to ensure HVIP is not co-funding beyond the real costs of the qualifying EVSE, load management software, and energy storage.
How to Apply:
- Either the vehicle end-user or the vehicle dealer can request and redeem EVSE Infrastructure vouchers and be reimbursed
- To request an EVSE Infrastructure voucher, prepare the EVSE Enhancement Request Form and email packet to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To redeem an EVSE Infrastructure voucher, prepare the EVSE Enhancement Redemption Form and submit to email@example.com.
- EVSE Infrastructure vouchers should be requested after the corresponding vehicle voucher requests have been submitted and before the EVSE Infrastructure has been ordered.
- Final incurred cost are reimbursed when the installation is complete.
To support the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by reducing infrastructure costs, a voucher enhancement for H2 infrastructure of up to $100,000 per vehicle voucher is available. Vouchers are approved on a case-by-case basis.
- The incentive covers only the real costs of equipment.
- Applicants must have at least 5 vehicle vouchers.
- Infrastructure cost can’t be already covered by another funding source.
- Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis.
- The enhancement is available for HVIP vehicle vouchers requested on or after December 15, 2017, for which accompany infrastructure has not already been purchased. How to Apply:
H2 Infrastructure vouchers should be requested via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), separately from vehicle vouchers. Either the customer or the dealer can request / redeem the voucher and be reimbursed.
Infrastructure vouchers can be redeemed before the vehicle is delivered and the vehicle voucher is redeemed. When requesting a voucher: Include a description of the job and cost breakdown.
If you do not know who your utility provider is, expand this section to find out.
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) provides an EV Fleet Program offering incentives to customers in its territory, which can be combined with HVIP incentives. Expand this section to learn more.
Southern California Edison is preparing to launch its Charge Ready Transport Program to help customers deploy the charging infrastructure needed to electrify medium- and heavy-duty fleets. Expand this section to learn more.
- Visit Southern California Edison’s Charge Ready Transport website here!
- Stay tuned for more information about our collaboration
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will have a medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle infrastructure program if approved by the California Public Utilities Commission.
- SDG&E has proposed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) its own medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle infrastructure program. To learn more about the proposal see here.
- If approved, HVIP will be collaborating with this utility so fleets in SG&E’s region can take advantage of both incentives.
- Stay tuned for more information.