San Mateo EV Charger

An EV charges at Peninsula Clean Energy in San Mateo. 

Thousands of new electric-vehicle charging stations are planned to be built in San Mateo County in the next four years, to be funded through a partnership between Peninsula Clean Energy and the California Energy Commission.

The California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project, or CALeVIP, could receive up to $12 million in funding from the CEC and another $12 million from PCE, PCE said on Aug. 13.

San Mateo currently has about 900 EV charging stations within 15 kilometers of the city, according to ChargeHub. Ninety-two percent of these stations are Level 2 and the remaining 8 percent are Level 3.

"Expanding EV charging stations in our communities is the logical next step in our efforts to make driving an EV accessible and affordable," PCE CEO Jan Pepper said.

The funding would also go toward public EV marketing campaigns and test-drive events, and would include an additional $2 million for outreach and technical assistance to help property owners prepare to install EV chargers, plus technical support for school districts switching to electric school buses, PCE said.

"The Energy Commission is excited to partner with Peninsula Clean Energy to increase access to convenient charging for electric vehicles in San Mateo County," CEC member Patty Monahan said. "By expanding the state's charging network, CALeVIP projects like this one help the state transition to zero-emission transportation, improve air quality and reach the state's climate goals."

CALeVIP currently has about $51 million in rebate funding available through the following four active incentive projects: $4 million for Fresno County for Level 2 charger rebates; $29 million for DC fast-charger rebates in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties; $14 million for Sacramento County for DC fast-charger and Level 2 charger rebates; and $4 million for DC fast-charger and Level 2 charger rebates in Shasta, Humboldt, and Tehama counties.

The program is also set to fund charging stations in 14 counties by the end of 2019, and up to 19 counties by the end of 2020. California has 58 counties total.

Executive order B-48-18, signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in January 2018, set a goal to deploy 250,000 EV chargers in California by 2025 to support 1.5 million light-duty EVs on the road by the same year. The CEC is currently trying to address a "sizable gap" in funding of light-duty EV charging stations and has estimated that it will need about 80,000 more charging stations to meet its 2025 goal (see CEM No. 1551 [10]).

The CEC is also proposing an additional $18 million for partnerships with Silicon Valley Clean Energy, San Jose Clean Energy, City of Palo Alto Utilities and Silicon Valley Power. Total CEC investment in the regional CALeVIP collaboration between San Mateo and Santa Clara counties is proposed at $30 million.