V. INCENTIVIZE ELECTRIC DRIVING

EV incentives like financial incentives and driver perks can have a significant impact on total EV sales particularly among lower and middle-income consumers.

A. Parking Incentives for EVs

​1. Discounted parking rates for EVs (i.e. free metered parking or dedicated parking spaces)

2. Protected EV-designated parking spaces and signage (include training for law enforcement for blocking EV spots [i.e. car must be plugged in in order to qualify])

Examples:

  • Coral Gables, FL Provides free parking and EV charging.

  • Sacramento, CA Provides free or discounted parking and charging to EV drivers. Participants receive free parking until EV parking transactions exceed 5% of overall parking transactions in any one garage, at which point all EV program participants for that garage will be charged 50% of regular parking fees for the garage.

B. Reducing/Waiving Permitting Fees For Charging Infrastructure ​​

Cities and Counties can reduce the cost of installation of charging by waiving the permitting fees.

 

Example:

C. City EV Charging Station Incentives 

Cities offer a rebate for the equipment and labor costs associated with the installation of both public and private EV charging stations. Cities can direct residents toward grant opportunities such as the Charge Up! program, which covers up to 50% of EVSE costs. The funds come from pollution recovery fees.

 

Example:

Sarasota County Charge Up! Program

D. EV Group Buy Program

Local governments can partner with local dealerships to coordinate group buy programs for EVs. Group buy programs help raise consumer awareness about opportunities to purchase an EV and help consumers get a good deal.

 

Example:

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