Electrify your drive

Driving Electric in Palo Alto

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) 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.

Learn more about EVs in Palo Alto

We're here to help! Check out our resources page for answers to frequently asked questions. Rebates are available for organizations such as schools, non-profits and multi-user sites including apartment buildings and businesses with common area parking space. 

Charging your EV in Palo Alto

CPAU provides guidance and support to residents and organizations when navigating the transition from fossil fueled vehicles to EVs. Our EV and EV Charger webpages include information from choosing and comparing vehicles to installing EV Chargers and securing rebates.

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Using 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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EV Charger Rebate for Multi-User Sites City Installs Public Chargers Downtown CustomerConnect & Time-of-Use Rates

January 2017. CPAU is now offering a rebate of up to $30,000 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.

January 2017. The City has installed EV Chargers at several garage sites (City Hall, Alma/High, Cambridge, Ted Thompson, Bryant/Webster) and two libraries (Mitchell Park and Rinconada).


Read our news release about the unveiling of new chargers at the Bryant Street garage. 

January 2017. CustomerConnect is a CPAU pilot program that installs smart meters in a limited

number of households. Participants are also able

to sign up for a Time-of-Use (TOU) rate.

At this time we are no longer accepting new applicants as all CustomerConnect slots have been reserved. However, you are welcome to join our mailing list to receive updates on EV-related rebates, TOU, or other future programs.

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