Electric Vehicle Charging
San Carlos recognizes the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) isa key strategy to achieve our climate goals. Expanding access to reliable and convenient places to charge EVs in San Carlos is an important part of this transition.
Peninsula Clean Energy EV Ready ProgramThe EV Ready Program administered by Peninsula Clean Energy offers no-cost technical assistance and rebates to help install EV charging stations at multifamily and commercial properties across San Mateo County. By participating in the program property owners will receive:
- Site visit. A filed technician will conduct an onsite evaluation of your facility.
- Load analysis. Analysis of the number of chargers that can be supported by the current electrical infrastructure.
- Site layout. A proposed parking layout.
- Contractor bids. Support creating bid documents and assessing bids from contractors.
- Installation process. Oversight to make sure the project is delivered in a timely manner.
- Rebate assistance. Support procuring rebates once the project is successfully completed.
San Carlos Multifamily EV Charging Incentive
The City of San Carlos now offers an additional 50% match on any paid incentives through the EV Ready program, or up to 100% of the total project cost, for EV chargers installed in apartments and condos in San Carlos! Multifamily buildings in San Carlos who participate in the EV Ready program will automatically qualify for this additional incentive.
Interested program applicants should complete the Technical Assistance Application below. This will help you decide which types and how many EV chargers to install at your property, provide you with design options, and help you maximize incentives.
Technical Assistance Application
If you are only requesting incentives for your project and do not need technical assistance, please apply for funding below.
Rebate Incentives Application
Public Charging Stations in San Carlos
We are continuing to install more EV chargers in public parking lots across the city. We currently offer level 2 charging in the northern end of the Wheeler Plaza parking garage and DC fast charging in the San Carlos Library parking garage. Discover all of the publicly available charging stations in San Carlos using the PlugShare Map.
EV Charging 101
EV chargers are classified into three categories: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 or direct current (DC) fast chargers. Important differences between each category include:
- Power output. This is how much power a charger can generate and is expressed in kilowatts (kW).
- Charging speed. This is the number of miles added to the EV’s battery per hour of charging and depends on the charger’s power output.
Level 1 Charging
Level 1 charging involves plugging into a standard household outlet which can provide roughly 1 kW to 2 kW of power. At this speed a typical EV will add roughly 3 to 6 miles of range per hour of charging. While not the fastest, charging overnight at Level 1 can offset the most people's average daily driving needs and is a great option for homes and workplaces.
Level 2 Charging
A Level 2 charger uses a 220 volt or 240 volt outlet, the same outlet for an electric water heater or clothes dryer. A level 2 charger can provide between 3 kW to 19 kW and provides a full charge for a 300-mile range battery in about 6-8 hours. Level 2 charging is great for those who want a faster charge at home, at work, or in public parking lots.
Level 3 DC Fast Charger
DC Fast Chargers can provide between 50 kW to 350 kW. Depending on the EV, DC fast chargers can currently produce a 10-80% charge for a 300-mile range battery in as little as 20 minutes. DC Fast chargers are typically used during longer road trips located in areas near highways or freeways.