Electric Vehicles

Drive on Clean, Renewable Electricity

More than 60% of San José’s greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. SJCE is committed to getting more San Joseans in electric vehicles (EVs) to help reduce air pollution and to preserve our planet for future generations.

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Benefits

Rebates & Incentives

For an easy way to see which incentives you qualify for and whether the incentives can be stacked, check out the Shop & Compare tool below.

 

$7,500
Federal Tax Credit

Available for Used EVs? No
 

Available for Leases? No

Pro tip: Rebate provided after purchase. Cannot be combined with Clean Vehicle Assistance Program.

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$2,500
Clean Vehicle Rebate Project

Available for Used EVs? No
 

Available for Leases? Yes

Pro tip: Rebate provided after purchase. Cannot be combined with Clean Vehicle Assistance Program.

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$800
Clean Fuel Rebate

Available for Used EVs? Yes; $800

Available for Leases? Yes

Pro tip: PG&E rebate provided after purchase.
 
 

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Additional Incentives for Low-income Households

   

$9,500
Clean Cars for All
 
Available for Used EVs? Yes; $9,500
Available for Leases? Yes

Pro tip: Must replace vehicle from 2004 or older. Can be combined with Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.

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$5,000
Clean Vehicle Assistance Program
Available for Used EVs? Yes; $5,000
Available for Leases? Yes

Pro tip: Rebate provided at time of purchases. Maximum household income must be 400% of Federal Poverty level.

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Financing for Low-Income Households

   

Interest Rate: 8%
CHDC Transportation Program
Available for Used EVs? Yes
Down Payment Assistance: $5,000
Max Loan Amount: $15,000

Pro tip: Program counsels customers from initial application through purchase.
 
 

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Interest Rate: 8%
CVAP Beneficial State Foundation
Available for Used EVs? Yes
Down Payment Assistance: $0
Max Loan Amount: None

Pro tip: Must contribute at least $1,000 to vehicle purchase either through down payment or through loan payment.

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Example EV Purchase Prices After Discounts and Incentives

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Electric Rates

EV drivers can get special electricity rates that incentivize charging during off-peak hours, like at night when you are sleeping, until 3:00 p.m.

SJCE offers the same EV rate options as PG&E, but with 1% lower rates and more renewable energy. So with SJCE, you’ll drive on cleaner electricity and save even more.

 

How to Enroll

Customers enroll for an EV rate through PG&E, and PG&E transmits that information to SJCE.

 

New EV-2 Rate

As of July 1, PG&E and SJCE have discontinued EV-A and opened EV-2.

  • In November 2019, all EV-A customers will be moved to EV-2, except solar net energy metering customers eligible for grandfathered treatment who can refuse transition to EV-2.
  • EV-2 "peak hours" (when rates are highest) are from 4:00-9:00 p.m.
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Shop & Compare

Ready to compare vehicles and find your incentives and cost savings? Go explore using PG&E’s EV savings calculator tool: ev.pge.com

With the tool, you'll be able to identify cost savings for fuel, maintenance, and lifetime ownership. You’ll also be able to find personal incentives based off your information and find out which incentives are stackable.

EV Charging

San José leads the nation in public charging stations per capita. Find your nearest charging station at Plugshare.

 

Types of Chargers

AC Level One

Charge Time: 3-5 miles per hour

Voltage: 120V 1-Phase AC

Amps: 12-16 Amps

Charging Loads: 1.4 to 1.9 kW

 

AC Level Two

Charge Time: 10-40 miles per hour

Voltage: 208V or 240V 1-Phase AC 

Amps: 12-80 Amps (typically 32)

Charging Loads: 2.5 to 19.2 kW (typically 7 kW)

 

DC Fast Charging

Charge Time: 80% charge in 20-30 minutes

Voltage: 208V or 480V 3-phase AC

Amps: <125 Amps (typically 60)

Charging Loads: <350 kW

 


 

Rebates and Incentives for Purchasing a Charger

  • Clean Cars for All: Receive a rebate of $2,000 when you purchase a BEV through the Clean Cars for All program.

  • Clean Vehicle Assistance Program: If you purchase a battery or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle through the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program grant, you are eligible to receive a free Level 2 charging station installed in your home.

 

Permits

A permit from the City of San José is need to install a Level 2 charging station in a single-family home. Note: only Level 2 chargers require a permit. Learn more about permitting.