Charge Ready Home Installation Rebate

Charge Ready Home Installation Rebate

A Reward for Fueling with Clean Energy

For a limited time, Southern California Edison (SCE) is offering a rebate program to help electric vehicle (EV) drivers offset the cost of installing and permitting the necessary electric infrastructure for certain types of home EV charging.

Through the Charge Ready Home Installation Rebate Program, residential customers can receive a rebate of up to $1,500 toward their out-of-pocket costs for the electrical upgrades and permitting fees necessary to allow installation of a Level 2 (240-volt) EV charging station. The rebate does not cover the cost of the charging stations, but it will help cover the cost of installing and permitting the charging station. The electrical upgrades eligible for the rebate may include a new 240-volt circuit and socket, new or upgraded panel, new meter socket, and permit fees. In order to receive the rebate, the applicant must be a customer of SCE and enroll in an eligible SCE Time-Of-Use (TOU) rate. TOU rates are based on the time of day and the season when electricity is used, and these rate plans can help customers manage their energy costs by taking advantage of lower rates during off-peak and super-off-peak periods.

Rebate Options

This program offers two different rebate options to suit the varying needs of EV drivers that have recently purchased or leased EVs. Find out more about residential rate plans on SCE's webpage for residential EV Rates

Standard Rebate: Up to $500

  • To qualify for the standard rebate, customers must enroll in an eligible residential TOU rate for their entire home. Customers must stay in the TOU rate for at least 24 months following their application date.
  • This rebate option does not require a separate meter or service panel, you will charge your EV through your existing service panel on an eligible whole-home TOU rate
  • The upgrades necessary to install the Level 2 charging station must be performed by a licensed electrician. The installation work cannot be performed by a general building contractor and your electrician's license must be classified as a C-10 license
  • This rebate may be applied toward the following costs: electrician labor for the installation of and materials required for the 240-volt circuit, and permit fees
  • You must provide a copy of required permit(s) obtained from your local authority, as well as a receipt of any fees paid for such permit(s). Consult your local authority to understand what permits are required.

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Increased Rebate: Up to $1,500

  • To qualify for the increased rebate, customers must enroll in a TOU-EV-1 residential rate, which is a rate applied only to EV charging (not the whole home). Customers must stay enrolled in TOU-EV-1 for at least 24 months from their application date.
  • This option requires that SCE install a new dedicated meter for the EV. SCE will install the new meter at no additional cost to the customer (the costs are accounted for in the TOU-EV-1 rate), but this option will likely increase your EV installation costs
  • Before having your electrician prepare your home for the new meter installation, you or your electrician should contact SCE at 1-800-4EV-INFO and consult SCE’s Electrical Service Requirements
  • The upgrades necessary to install the Level 2 charging station must be performed by a licensed electrician. The installation work cannot be performed by a general building contractor and your electrician's license must be classified as a C-10 license
  • This rebate may be applied toward the following costs: new panel to house the separate meter, electrician labor for the installation of and material required for the 240-volt circuit, and permit fees
  • You must provide a copy of required permit(s) obtained from your local authority, as well as a receipt of any fees paid for such permit(s). Consult your local authority to understand what permits are required.

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Charge Ready Home Installation Rebate Eligibility Requirements

The following eligibility requirements apply to the Standard Rebate Option and the Increased Rebate Option for the Charge Ready Home Installation Rebate. Please refer to the FAQs for additional information on program requirements and Contact Us with any questions.

Applicant and Vehicle Requirements

  1. You have purchased or leased an eligible plug-in EV listed on the HOV Eligibility List no earlier than six months before the date you apply for the rebate. For this Program, both plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles are eligible for the rebate, but, notwithstanding their inclusion on the HOV Eligibility List, electric bikes, electric motorcycles, electric scooters and neighborhood vehicles are not eligible for the rebate.
  2. You are a customer of Southern California Edison (SCE) with an active residential electricity account in SCE’s service territory.
  3. The vehicle, identified by its unique vehicle identification number (VIN), must be registered to the same residential address as the address on the SCE electric service account provided in your application. The SCE Service Account does not need to be in your name. Vehicles registered to business addresses are not eligible.
  4. You have paid the current vehicle registration fees in the State of California and are able to submit a digital copy or photo of your vehicle registration. Please refer to the Sample Supporting Documents PDF for examples of accepted vehicle registration copies.
  5. The full name and address you enter on the application must exactly match the full name and address provided on the vehicle's registration card.

Home and Installation Requirements

  1. You are not eligible for the rebate if the work was initiated before either November 22, 2017, or more than six months before your application date.
  2. Home electrical upgrade work required to install the Level 2 charging station must be performed by a licensed electrician as evidenced by an itemized and subtotaled electrician’s receipt displaying the electrician’s license number. Home electrical upgrade work cannot be performed by a general building contractor and your electrician's license must be classified as a C-10 license . Please use the Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB) website to find or verify an electrician is licensed and insured. Validate the license number on your itemized receipt here.
  3. You must provide a copy of required permit(s) obtained from your local authority, as well as a receipt of any fees paid for such permit(s). A building permit or similar permit is likely required by your local authority – you or your electrician must verify your jurisdiction’s permitting requirements and process.
  4. You must provide an itemized receipt from your electrician for the Level 2 charging station work (as specified below), as well as receipts for any permitting fees, and the rebate amount will match your actual costs for the EV charging station installation and permitting fees, up to the maximum rebate amount for your selected rebate option. The itemized receipt must include the price of each item installed, including labor and material costs, separately stated. The itemized receipt must include the date(s) the work was performed.
  5. Your charging station installation must comply with any codes, permitting, and inspection requirements applicable to your location.
  6. You have obtained or will obtain a Level 2 Charging Station (a Level 2 charging station is a charging station that it is connected to a 240-volt power source and typically ranges between 3.3 and 19.2 kW) that has been or will be installed by a licensed electrician.
  7. You must provide proof of purchase of a Level 2 charging station and a photograph of Level 2 charging station installed at the property.
  8. If you do not own the property where the vehicle is registered, written approval of the property owner to perform the electrical upgrades is required. (see: Home Owner /HOA Authorization form. for a template letter to secure property owner approval)
  9. You have a dedicated parking space at your residence to charge your electric vehicle. If you live in a multi-unit dwelling, such as a condominium or apartment building, you may need to secure approval to install the Level 2 charging station at your dedicated space.
  10. You must stay in a Residential TOU Rate for at least 24 months from your application date. For the Standard Rebate Option, you must sign up for an eligible whole home TOU rate, and for the Increased Rebate Option, you must sign up for a separately metered TOU rate dedicated only to charging your EV. In order to avoid having to pay SCE back some or all of the rebate, the residential customer receiving the rebate must stay on the chosen TOU rate for at least 24 months after their application date. If you do not, then SCE has the right to request that you pay back a pro rata share of the rebate amount paid to you. For example, if you receive a $500 rebate and switch to a non-eligible SCE rate after one year, you may be obligated to pay SCE back up to $250.
  11. If you participate in this Pilot, you agree that SCE may conduct random spot checks at your residence to confirm that the work was performed properly. By conducting a spot check, SCE does not endorse, qualify, or guarantee the workmanship, installation, labor, cost or materials of the licensed electrician, and SCE is not responsible or liable for any of the work performed.

How to Apply for the Charge Ready Home Installation Rebate

If you are interested in applying for the rebate, here are some steps to help guide you through the process:

  1. Determine if you’re eligible, which includes making sure that you can apply for the rebate within six months of purchasing of leasing the eligible EV and that you have installed or plan to install a Level 2 EV charging station at your residence.
  2. Figure out which TOU rate plan works best for you. Once you decide, you’ll need to switch to the applicable rate plan. You can visit SCE’s website or call SCE at 1-800-4EV-INFO to get the info you need and to make the switch.
  3. Consult with a licensed electrician, obtain any required permits, and have the licensed electrician perform the electrical work and installation of the Level 2 charging station at your home. If you elect the Increased Rebate Option, you’ll need to have SCE install your new meter so that you can be metered on the TOU-EV-1 rate once your electrician is done installing the panel and meter socket where the meter will be installed. We recommend you consult with SCE before the electrician performs the installation work to ensure that there are no issues.
  4. Apply for the applicable rebate and upload required supporting documents including your purchase or lease agreement, vehicle registration, authorization from property owner (if required), itemized receipt from the licensed electrician including the date the work was performed, photo of the installed charging station, and copies of any permits. Note that we may request additional documentation if required to confirm your application and installation meet Program requirements.

To start the application process, the required information and documents you need are as follows:

  • Your SCE Service Account Number. This number is located at the top of your SCE bill and begins with a "3-0". If you’re not an SCE account holder, you’ll need the SCE Service Account number for the address to which your vehicle is registered.
  • Proof of Purchase or Lease of an Eligible EV (no earlier than six months prior to your application date). You must submit a complete copy of your final purchase/lease agreement, which includes buyer/lessee name(s), date of purchase/lease, vehicle information, and final signatures. SCE cannot accept applications received more than 6 months after the date of purchase or lease. For Tesla vehicles, we consider the date of purchase or lease to be the date on your contract or the date you took delivery of your vehicle.
  • Proof of Vehicle Registration. We accept either your current temporary or permanent registration card to complete the application process. Your vehicle must be registered to your residential SCE address and your registration document must be valid.
  • Itemized Receipt(s) from a Licensed Electrician. These receipts must be itemized and show the work completed to make your home ready for EV charging. The receipt or invoice must include the following: the date the work was initiated, the address the installation took place, the electrician's C10 license number, and the itemized prices charged for labor and materials. This document will be used to validate the total rebate amount paid (i.e. you will not receive a rebate for more than maximum reserved amount or more than the amount paid for the installation costs and permitting fees).  
  • Proof of Purchase of Level 2 Charging Station and Photo of Installed Charging Station. You must provide proof of purchase of a Level 2 charging station. Please provide a clear photo showing the charging station installed at a dedicated parking space.
  • Copies of Required Permits and Receipt for Permitting Fees. Typically, you need to obtain a permit to install a Level 2 charging station, and the rebate should help cover the permitting fees. Your licensed electrician may be able to help you secure any permits you need. Consult your local authority to understand what permits are required, and upload the final permit, as well as a receipt showing the permitting fees.
  • Authorization from Property Owner or HOA. You must get permission from your property owner and/or Homeowner's Association (HOA) if applicable, to install the charging station.

Important Note:  Ensure all information on your rebate application is correct and legible. Please ensure that the name and address match exactly the name and address on your EV’s registration card. Incomplete or incorrect applications will be returned to you.

When we receive your application, we’ll review it to confirm eligibility. We’ll send you an e-mail confirmation when your application is approved, and we’ll send your Charge Ready Home Installation Rebate check to the mailing address indicated in your application within approximately five to six weeks of your approval date.

Funding Availability

This rebate program will only be offered for a limited time or until funds run out. Funds are reserved once the applicant submits an application. Funds will be issued by check upon validation of all eligibility requirements including approval of required document submissions. Fund reservation will be void if an application is cancelled or not approved because you do not submit all the required documentation within the specified time-frame, you submit incomplete or incorrect documentation, or for any other reason. Fifty percent of the rebate funds offered by SCE for the program will be reserved for residents living in Disadvantaged Communities, as defined by CalEnviroScreen 3.0.