San José has participated in several grants to support the City’s efforts to purchase electric vehicles and install electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Currently, the City has 53 EV charging stations in operation, primarily in downtown public parking garages (listed below). The rate to charge is $1.25 per session and $0.25 per kWh during the day and $0.20 per kWh off peak (9:30 PM - 8:30 AM).. The rate is designed to simply cover the City’s cost to operate the chargers. Those costs include electricity, maintenance as well as ChargePoint network subscription and processing fees.
Electric Vehicle Initiatives
To accelerate the broad adoption of electric-powered vehicles, the City’s Clean Air Vehicle Program allows San Jose residents with plug-in vehicles, or others who have purchased a plug-in vehicle from a San Jose dealership, to park in selected City parking garages and City parks for free. Additionally, in 2012, the City’s Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement Department implemented a streamlined residential permitting process to facilitate the installation of home charging systems.
The City is also the beneficiary of a California Energy Commission grant that will provide for the purchase of three all-electric vehicles at a price comparable to conventional vehicles of the same type.