Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Are there rebates or financial incentives available when purchasing an EV?

    Rebates and incentives can save you an estimated $2,500-$7,500 in up-front costs when you purchase or lease a new EV. With the addition of tax benefits available after vehicle purchase, all together state and federal incentives can save you as much as $14,500 per vehicle. These incentives make the cost of EV models competitive with their conventional vehicle equivalent. Rebates that reduce the sticker price are best to lower the upfront purchase costs.

  • I live in a multifamily property that doesn’t have parking or parking with charging capabilities. Where can I charge my EV?
    • Don’t worry! There are many shared charging spaces, and the number continues to grow. Search here for public charging locations in the region. Your employer might also have chargers available at your work site for public use.
    • Additionally, there are incentive and rebate programs for multifamily property owners to implement EV charging. You are encouraged to contact your property manager and share this information to help bring EV charging to your community!
  • I own a multifamily property. Are there incentives to help install EV chargers?

    Periodically, there are incentive and rebate programs available for multifamily property owners to help bring EV charging to your residents. These programs, which are typically competitive applications and require pre-planning, provide funding for EV charging infrastructure at multi-unit dwellings.

  • What’s the best EV for me and/or my family?

    In addition to the usual question of make and model, EVs offer different technology, resulting in a variety of range options - battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. For families with a larger number of people, companies are making versions of popular mini-vans and SUVs into EVs to accommodate all family sizes. Use the EV search tool to filter vehicle by seat number. If purchasing a new EV is not an option, a pre-owned EV could be right for you. 

  • What are the benefits of owning an EV?

    From environmental, health, and financial benefits to improved performance and comfort and reduced maintenance, EVs can offer something for everyone.

    • EVs do not emit pollutants, like smog, associated with conventional car exhaust.
    • Driving an electric vehicle will help improve our air quality and reduce health risks like asthma for San Diego county residents.
    • EV operation and maintenance costs can be up to 50% lower than conventional vehicles.
    • For new vehicles, the 5-year total cost to own – or all of the vehicle-related costs such as financing, fees, fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs you will likely have to pay during the first 5 years of owning a vehicle – is lower on some electric vehicles compared to conventional options.
  • What kind of charger should I get for my home or business?

    There are three types of chargers available: Level 1 Charger, Level 2 Charger, and DC Fast Charger. The type that is best for you or your business depends on the vehicle and the charging location.

    • Level 1 Charger (standard outlet). Typically included with a new EV and can be plugged into a standard household outlet. Provides a full charge to a mid-sized vehicle in 17-25 hours.
    • Level 2 (240 Volt outlet). Sold separately and has a range of charging speeds. Provides a full charge to a mid-sized vehicle in 3-8 hours. Requires professional installation in home applications.
    • DC Fast Charger. Best for commercial and public use and has the fastest charging capabilities. Depending on the charger, can provide a full charge in 10 – 30 minutes. 
  • What is the permitting process for installing EV chargers?

    Installing a Level 2 EV charger in the San Diego region requires a building permit and is subject to inspection prior to use. Installations must be completed by a certified and licensed electrician. Review permitting information for more specific requirements based on where you live. 

  • My question still isn't answered, who can I contact?

    For questions related to the EV Consumer Guide, please email CAP@sdcounty.ca.gov