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City to Announce Rebates for Apartment EV Charging Stations

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August 5, 2019 -- The City this month will begin announcing the multi-family buildings that will recive rebates to help offset the cost of installing electric vehicle charging stations, City officials said.

The second phase of the pilot program -- which offers rebates of up to $3,800 per applicant -- was launched last month to help offset the equipment and installation costs for residents who live in buildings with three or more units, officials said.

Fifteen applications were received and as many as five applicants will receive the rebates, City officials said. The funding covers 75 to 100 percent of the station and installation cost depending on project type and eligibility.

“Electric vehicles can dramatically reduce emissions, but there are barriers to charging for residents who live in apartments and may not have a dedicated parking space," Council member Ted Winterer said when the Council approved the program in November 2017.

"This plan helps these residents and others who are considering EVs over gas-powered cars.”

Electric vehicles are becoming readily available to the mass market and are expected to increase significantly in the coming years, officials said.

As of January 2018, there were nearly 2,500 registered electric vehicles (EV) in Santa Monica, a 150 percent increase since 2015, City officials said.

The State of California aims to have 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.

"Transitioning vehicles to electric will provide a significant boost to Santa Monica’s carbon reduction efforts as vehicles account for 64 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions," City officials said.

The first announcement of selected applications will be made by August 22 and monthly thereafter until program funds are exhausted, officials said.

The first phase of the rebate program launched in 2018 funded nine EV charging ports "for residents of MUDs who otherwise may not have installed a home charging station," according to the Task Force on the Environment.

The total funding was $15,000, according to a staff report for the May meeting of the Task Force's Electric Vehicle Subcommittee.

The rebates provided up to $500 for one station and $800 for two, according to staff. They covered 75 percent of installation costs up to $3,000 and 100 percent for low-income applicants.

The average installation costs for previous projects was $2,500, with a cost range of between $2,100 and $3,000.

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