Due to COVID-19 public health orders, some program activities are currently modified or on hold.

  •  EV Charger installations that DO NOT require entry to an occupied residential unit may proceed.
  •  EV Charger Rebates for Multi-User Facilities: Customers may join our waitlist by completing an online application; rebates are up to $80,000.
  •  EV Technical Assistance (Support for Multi-family Properties, Non-profits, and Schools): Customers may receive phone consultations by calling (650) 729-2064.
  •  Construction work must adhere to either the Santa Clara County protocols for projects in spaces greater than 20,000 sq ft or projects in spaces less than 20,000 sq ft.


Electrify your drive

Driving Electric in Palo Alto

The City of Palo Alto encourages the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs) as part of our progress towards becoming one of the greenest cities in the country. Our city ranks as one of the top in the nation to embrace this clean technology. In 2017, one in three new vehicles purchased in Palo Alto was electric - the highest adoption rate in the country. Driving and charging an EV in Palo Alto especially makes sense given the City's carbon neutral electricity supply and low electric retail rates.

Special Incentives on EVs

  • EV incentives and rebates - View a list of federal, state, and local offers.
  • Clean Fuel Reward - rebates of up to $1,500 for purchasing an EV. View a list of participating retailers
  • Federal Tax Credit for EV Chargers - If you installed an EV Charger at your home or business you may be eligible get a tax credit using IRS Form 8911.  This federal tax credit covers 30% of the cost of hardware and installation; up to $1,000 for residents and up to $30,000 for commercial customers. The credit can also be applied to installations back to 2018. Consult your tax advisor for details.

Learn more about EVs in Palo Alto

We're here to help! Check out these frequently asked questions for answers. Contact us at (650) 329-2241 to talk with staff about EVs and programs to help you go electric. 

Charging your EV in Palo Alto

Let us help with guidance and support when navigating the transition from fossil fueled vehicles to EVs. Our EV webpages include information on choosing and comparing vehicles to installing charging equipment. EV charging equipment rebates are available for organizations such as schools, non-profits and multi-user sites including apartment buildings and businesses with common area parking space. View our resources page for helpful information on EV charging. 

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Public EV Charging Stations

Click on a pin to learn more about the EV Charging Stations available in Palo Alto and the surrounding regions. Note: Some EV charging stations are free and others have fees and/or are only open to members of a certain network.

Be sure to also check out the City of Palo Alto's public charging stations in several city garages (City Hall, Alma/High, Cambridge, Ted Thompson, Bryant/Webster) and two libraries (Mitchell Park and Rinconada).


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Visit the PlugShare website for more details on charging stations. 

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Federal Tax Credits for Installing EV Chargers EV Charger Rebates for Multi-User Sites Rebates for EV Charging Installations at Nonresidential Sites 

If you equipped your home or business with an

EV Charger, you may be eligible for a tax credit using IRS Form 8911Congress recently extended a federal tax credit that will allow you to take 30% of the cost (up to $1000m for residents and up to $30,000 for commercial properties) for purchasing and installing an EV charger at your home or business.


Consult your tax advisor for details. 

CPAU is now offering a rebate of up to $80,000 for the installation of EV Chargers at qualified sites, including schools, multifamily dwellings such as apartment complexes and commercial properties.

To learn more, visit our EV Chargers for Organizations page.

The City of Palo Alto is participating in a CALeVIP (California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project), investing up to $2 million to install hundreds of electric vehicle charging stations over the next four years.


Click here to learn more about the program.