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Curbside Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging

Example of Level 2 EV charger installed on a utility pole

Project Description

Seattle City Light is installing and operating public Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) chargers at curbside locations throughout the city of Seattle. City Light is offering this service to provide near-home EV charging for residents who cannot access off-street parking to charge their vehicles.

What will this service provide?

This service will provide public Level 2 EV charging next to the curb in residential neighborhoods in Seattle. Seattle City Light will install, own, operate, and maintain the EV chargers. Because these chargers are public, anyone who drives an EV will be able to park on the street next to the charger and charge their vehicle. The chargers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved.

The Level 2 EV chargers installed under this program will provide up to 9.6 kilowatts (kW). The infrastructure can provide a typical EV with over 30 miles of range per hour of charge time. Level 2 EV chargers are frequently used for multiple hours at a time, such as when a car is parked overnight at home or while the driver is at work.

How much will this service cost?

Drivers will need to pay a per kilowatt-hour (kWh) fee to use the chargers. The current cost to charge at a City Light Level 2 charger is 0.21 per kilowatt-hour (kWh). One kWh provides a typical EV with enough energy to travel over three miles. The fees are designed to pay for the electricity, operations, maintenance and repair costs while offsetting the initial purchase and installation costs.

Why is this service being offered?

Many Seattle residents must use street parking near their homes. Older single-family homes, apartments, condominiums, and houseboats frequently do not have off-street parking like a driveway, garage, or parking lot. It is usually very difficult or not possible for residents to provide their own EV charging when parking on the street.

This project will directly support the Transportation Electrification Strategic Investment Plan by helping to expand at-home and near-home charging for multifamily residents. Currently, there is a lack of access to EV charging for multifamily units. Expanding at-home and near-home charging solutions for multifamily residents in environmental justice communities will increase equitable access to transportation electrification as 52 percent of City Light’s customers are renters and a majority live in multifamily properties.

The City of Seattle set a goal to reduce transportation emissions 83% from 2008 levels by 2030. Residents can accomplish much of this with low-emission travel by public transit, biking, walking, and other options; however, many will still rely on personal vehicles for some of their trips. Seattle City Light is installing these chargers as part of a more extensive portfolio of transportation electrification investments and services to help the utility’s service area transition to zero-emission electric transportation options.

How did City Light select the charger locations?

City Light selected the charger locations through an opt-in process. than 1,800 requests were received in Summer 2022. A panel of subject matter experts from City Light and Seattle Department of Transportation reviewed each request based on a number of criteria such as location, number of requests in a given area, availability of infrastructure, and property type.

How soon will the charging locations be available for use?

Construction is slated to begin as early as April 2023. City Light anticipates 50% completion of the charging sites by the end of May, with the remaining sites completed by the end of summer. Each charging site was designed based on its own individual location with 12 planned to be installed on wood poles, 6 on new steel poles, and 13 sites installed on stand-alone pedestals. The plan is for each site to be made available as construction is completed.

Locations are noted by blue icons.

Complete list of locations – all addresses listed are within the City of Seattle.

  • 300 block W Mercer St
  • 4000 block E McGilvra St
  • 1700 block N 46th St
  • 1600 block NE 143rd St
  • 300 block N 45th St
  • 400 block NE Maple Leaf Pl
  • 1700 block NW 57TH St
  • 3900 block Whitman Ave N
  • 500 block 20th Ave E
  • 4200 block Stone Way N
  • 300 block Pontius Ave N
  • 1100 block 13th Ave
  • 7000 block 17th Ave SW
  • 1300 block 12th Ave S
  • 6000 block 16th Ave SW
  • 4700 block 35th Ave S
  • 1700 block 15th Ave
  • 600 block 7th Ave S
  • 4800 block Fauntleroy Way SW
  • 1900 block Fairview Ave E
  • 1400 block S Hill St
  • 1700 block S Forest St
  • 4800 block California Ave SW
  • 2100 block California Ave SW
  • 700 block 143rd St
  • 100 block Bellevue Ave E
  • 3600 block Dayton Ave N
  • 200 block MLK Jr Way S
  • 2900 block Fuhrman Ave E
  • 500 block Valley St
  • 500 block W Olympic Pl

Electric Vehicle Charging

Get a Smart Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charger for your home from SCP. Level 2 EV chargers ensure your vehicle is ready to go when you are, delivering a full charge within 4 to 8 hours.

Get your EV charger in three steps!

Buy through GridSavvy Rewards at 50% off.

Install, activate, and perform your first charging session.

Enroll in GridSavvy Rewards and receive a 250 enrollment incentive. Learn more here.

Get paid to participate!

By connecting your EV charger to GridSavvy Rewards, you can qualify to earn a 5 monthly bill credit.

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Resources

Program Disclosure: You must be an active SCP customer to obtain your charger. Equipment and incentives are available only to verified and active SCP customers. The customer must be the SCP account holder or have authorization on behalf of the account holder to purchase this device and receive any incentives or rebates offered by SCP. Accounts may take up to 30 days from the start of service with PGE to update in our system and become eligible to order devices. SCP cannot expedite orders or shipping. Please do not schedule installation until you have received your equipment. Customers are responsible for any installation costs.

SCP will reimburse the charger order payment once the charger is installed and activated. Activated means that the charger has connected to Wi-Fi, and a minimum of one charging session has occurred. SCP reserves the right to not reimburse customers if the device is installed outside of the SCP service territory. Limit one device per SCP electric account.

Devices are available through 6/30/23 or while program funds and/or inventories last. Program incentives, offers, and Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice.

EV Chargers

When discussing EV chargers, Burlington Electric Department offers two separate incentives:

  • A rebate on the EV charger hardware itself (this page)
  • A special reduced EV rate on the electricity used to run the charger

This page is all about the first incentive, the rebate on the EV charger hardware. You can learn about our special reduced EV rate on its own page.

Single-Family Homeowners

Rebate: Up to 900

We now offer a rebate of up to 900 for an EV charger. The amount of your rebate is determined by the EV you purchased that will be using this charger. Please read the Terms Conditions for more details.

Residential EV Charger

  • 900 when purchased with a new or pre-owned all-electric vehicle
  • 700 when purchased with a new or pre-owned plug-in hybrid electric vehicle

Rebate will be processed after we receive an automated notification that your station is enrolled in our EV Rate.

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After your new charger is installed and you have enrolled in the special Residential EV Rate you will save up to 45% on charging your EV.

  • Savings apply only to EV charging costs.
  • Charging must be done between 10pm and 12pm the following day.
  • Savings will be applied as a 7.6¢/kwh credit on your bill.

Have the following items ready:

  • Your Burlington Electric Department account number. It is printed on your monthly bill.
  • Photos or scans of your receipts for the charger and charger installation.
  • Charger must be purchased within 60 days of purchase of the vehicle. If your preferred charger is out of stock and you Contact Energy Services within the 60-day period, BED will extend the purchase period to 180 days.
  • Charger must be a qualifying EV charger. Visit our EV Rate page for a list of products.
  • Rebate will be processed upon installation and enrollment in Residential EV rate.
  • Total rebate amount (including contractor rebate, this online rebate, and low-income bonus rebate) is limited to 75% of installed cost.
  • This rebate is only for BED customers with active accounts.
  • Vehicle must be registered in Burlington, Vermont.
  • Contractors are required to secure the necessary permits from Burlington’s Permitting and Inspections Department.
  • Limit one rebate per household or business.
  • BED reserves the right to modify or end this offer at any time.
  • This offer is valid through December 31, 2023.
  • Burlington Electric Department reserves the right to inspect installation and/or verify purchase.
  • Burlington Electric Department reserves the right to modify or end this offer at any time.
  • Please be aware that if your rebates from BED total more than 600 in a calendar year you may be required to complete and submit a W9 form. A W9 form will be provided in this rebate form if it is required.
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Level 2 EV chargers may require an upgrade to your home’s electric panel. BED has teamed up with local banks to offer low financing rates for these upgrades.

Local Businesses

Rebate: 2,000 Per Port

We are now offering a rebate of 2,000 per port (up to 75% of the installed cost) for workplace EV charging stations. Contact Energy Services for more information.

Level 2 3 Workplace EV Charger

  • Level 2: 2,000 per port, up to 75% of installed cost
  • Level 3: up to 10,000 per system, up to 75% of installed cost
  • Level 3 charger must be 50kW/200 amps or higher output.
  • Level 3 charger must connected to a 480v, 3-phase line.
  • Level 3 charger must be available to the public during typical non-business hours (e.g. nights, weekends).

Have the following items ready:

  • Your Burlington Electric Department account number. It is printed on your monthly bill.
  • Photos or scans of your receipts for the charger and charger installation
  • A photo or scan of the electric permit
  • A photo of the installed charger
  • Information required to fill out a W9 form
  • This rebate form must be submitted within 60 days of installation.
  • This rebate is only for BED commercial customers with active accounts.
  • Total rebate amount (including contractor rebate, this online rebate, and low-income bonus rebate) is limited to 75% of installed cost.
  • This rebate is only for Level 2 chargers, or higher, installed at workplaces in Burlington, VT.
  • This rebate can be applied to the cost of installing the EVSE on the customer’s premise. Additional costs may be incurred to upgrade the electric grid serving the customer’s premise.
  • Contractors are required to secure the necessary permits from Burlington’s Permitting and Inspections Department.
  • Charger must have been purchased and installed after 1/1/2022.
  • BED reserves the right to modify or end this offer at any time.
  • This offer is valid through December 31, 2023.
  • Burlington Electric Department reserves the right to inspect installation and/or verify purchase.
  • Burlington Electric Department reserves the right to modify or end this offer at any time.
  • Please be aware that if your rebates from BED total more than 600 in a calendar year you may be required to complete and submit a W9 form. A W9 form will be provided in this rebate form if it is required.

Multi-Family Properties

Rebate: 1,200 for Smart Charging (with or without Public Access)

The first option requires a multi-family property to install at least one of the eligible chargers listed on EVmatch’s website. This option provides a bonus incentive of 250 per charger for eligible properties that have more than 15% of their units designated as low-to-moderate income housing and an additional incentive of 300 per charger if the charger is made available to the public from 9am to 5pm during the week. This option requires the recipient to use EVmatch as the software provider to recover the cost of charging by individual users and to make the chargers available to the public as well if they so choose.

Rebate: 1,000 for Standard Charging

This option is for multi-family properties who are looking to provide charging as an amenity to their residents and does not include a charging software platform to recover the cost of charging by individual users. A level 2 charger is required with a rated amperage of 30 or above. This option also includes a 250 additional incentive for eligible properties with more than 15% of their units designated as low-to-moderate income housing.

Residential EV Charger – Multi-Family

  • 1,200: Qualifying EVmatch chargers
  • 300: Additional rebate for qualifying EVmatch chargers made available to the public from 9am to 5pm during the week.
  • 250: Enhanced rebate for qualifying customers
  • 250: Enhanced rebate for qualifying customers

To qualify for the additional 250 rebate, more than 15% of the units your EV charger serves must have a gross income less than the limits listed on the following Documentation page.

Rebate will be processed upon satisfying all Terms Conditions, providing a receipt of payment and installation of an eligible EV charger, and, applicable to the Smart Charging option, verification that the charger is connected to EVmatch’s (or other applicable provider’s) network.

Have the following items ready:

  • Your Burlington Electric Department account number. It is printed on your monthly bill.
  • Photos or scans of your receipts for the charger and charger installation.
  • Recipient must be a Burlington Electric Department customer and/or property owner.
  • Applicant’s property must be wired with a house meter that is billed separately, to the property owner or association, from meters for residential units
  • Property must be a multi-family unit dwelling, which includes multiple separate housing units for residential inhabitants contained within one building or several buildings within one complex.
  • Limit 10 rebates per multi-family unit dwelling.
  • Additional rebates may be available with prior approval.

Terms Conditions applicable for additional 300 public Smart charging rebate

  • Recipients receiving the Public EVSE Adder must make their charger available to the public from at least 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.
  • Eligible rebates for Smart Charging will be provided upon verification that the charger is connected to EVmatch’s (or other applicable provider’s) network in addition to receipt of payment for the purchase and installation of the EVSE.
  • A contract must be completed with the EV software provider approved by BED.
  • The price of charging will not exceed 0.30 / kWh or 3.40 per hour.
  • BED reserves the right to promote public chargers that have been installed via this incentive program to the public.

Additional Terms Conditions

  • This offer is valid through December 31, 2023.
  • Burlington Electric Department reserves the right to inspect installation and/or verify purchase.
  • Burlington Electric Department reserves the right to modify or end this offer at any time.
  • Please be aware that if your rebates from BED total more than 600 in a calendar year you may be required to complete and submit a W9 form. A W9 form will be provided in this rebate form if it is required.

Have more questions about EVMatch? Visit their Frequently Asked Questions page.

Electric Panel Upgrades

With the growing popularity of heat pumps, electric vehicles, and other electric appliances, some Burlingtonians may soon reach the limits of their current electric panel. Upgrading your panel to accommodate your current and future needs — and help the city’s Net Zero Energy goal — requires some preparation. Burlington Electric Department can help you navigate this process.

Where To Begin

Call a licensed electrician. Any work done on your electric panel must be done by a licensed electrician. Burlington Electric Department recommends our partners in Vermont’s Efficiency Excellence Network. They have the expertise to deliver the highest-quality services to our customers. Note that workforce constraints are impacting contractor availability so we recommend contacting multiple professionals to compare pricing and project timelines.

Your electrician will contact Burlington Electric Department. Because your electric panel is inside your home (“behind the meter”), you will be responsible for hiring the electrician. However, you will still need to coordinate with BED on a few points like temporarily shutting off the power to your property while your electrician switches over from the old panel to the new panel. Your electrician is best qualified to speak to our team on your behalf.

There may be a charge from BED for the upgrade. In addition to your electrician’s fees, Burlington Electric Department may need to charge for the upgrades to our infrastructure to accommodate your property’s increased needs. This will be determined upon receiving and reviewing the Contractor Application submitted to BED by the electrician.

Financing

Several local credit unions are now offering exceptionally low rates on financing for panel upgrades in addition to their special rates on heat pumps and electric vehicles.

GMCU BED Renewable Energy Loan
Opportunities Credit Union Home Improvement Loan (EV) Home Energy Loan (HP)
Vermont Federal Credit Union Energy Efficiency Home Improvement Loan
VSECU Home Energy Loan Program
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Weatherization Repayment Assistance Program (WRAP)

The Weatherization Repayment Assistance Program (WRAP) allows homeowners and renters to finance qualifying weatherization projects like insulation and air sealing, as well as heat pumps and advanced wood heating systems, with repayment through a monthly charge on their utility bill. Learn more.

Simplified Installation Process

Estimate the Use of EV Charging

This involves determining the level of use your EV charger will be expected to meet. This can include issuing a sample survey to users to determine their charging needs.

Choose the Power Level of EV Charger/s

Level 1 Charging uses a standard 120-volt outlet just like you have all around your home.

  • Pros: less expensive to set up; ideal for homes and workplaces where a vehicle can charge for 8 hours or more at a time.
  • Cons: delivers only 3-5 miles of range per hour you are charging.

Level 2 Charging uses a special charging device plugged or hard-wired into a 240-volt outlet (like your clothes dryer uses).

  • Pros: delivers 10-40 miles of range per hour you are charging; and rebates available from BED.
  • Cons: more expensive to set up and may require additional electrical work from a licensed electrician.

Choose the Model of the EV Charger/s

There are several factors to consider when choosing your charger model. These include:

  • Single-port vs Multiple-port EV Chargers
  • Type of mounting system
  • Ability to collect payments for charging, if desired
  • Charger scheduling and reservations
  • Limiting user access
  • Cord management
  • Energy monitoring

Speak with your electrician or BED Energy Services to learn about your options and current programs.

Choose Your Electrician

All EV chargers must be installed by a licensed electrician. Check out our Tips for Hiring an Electrician to find out more.

Based on local requirements and your future plans, be sure to speak with your electrician about electrical upgrades. Upgrades can be done at one of three levels:

  • EV Charging Capable: Connecting the EV charger/s to the electrical service so you have adequate panel capacity to accommodate the installation of a dedicated branch circuit and the EV charger/s.
  • EV Charging Installed: Having the electrical capacity needed to support installed and working EV charging equipment.
  • EV Ready: Often called “make-readies.” Includes the installation of dedicated branch circuit/s, circuit breakers and their electrical components needed to support the future installation of EV charging equipment.

After consulting with your electrician, determine which level of upgrades you want before beginning the process.

BED has partnered with local credit unions to provide exceptionally low rates on financing for electrical panel upgrades and EV charger installation. Learn more about your financing options.

Choose Where to Locate EV Charging

Work with your electrician to determine the best location for your EV charging equipment. Some things to consider are:

  • Locate close to the existing electrical panel for the house meter
  • Maximize users’ access to the EV charging equipment
  • For networked chargers, install in an area with accessible and reliable internet connectivity
  • Adhere to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). information about these guidelines can be found here.
  • Minimize exposure to the elements (i.e. plowing snow)

Choose Ownership and Billing Models

The property manager/owner should contact BED Energy Services to decide how they plan to recover the increased electricity costs associated with EV charging. Alternatively, the property owner/manager can choose to cover the cost of the additional electricity and provide EV charging equipment as an amenity to residents.

EV Charging Basics

Learn more about different charging options for electric vehicles (EVs), plus where you can find rebates to help cover purchase and installation costs.

EV Charger Types

EV chargers are classified into three categories: Level 1, Level 2 and direct current (DC) fast chargers.

EV chargers are classified into three categories: Level 1, Level 2 and direct current (DC) fast chargers.

Important differences include:

  • Input voltage. This is how much power a charger requires to operate and is expressed in volts.
  • Power output. This is how much power a charger can generate and is expressed in kilowatts (kW).
  • Charging speed. This is the number of miles added to the EV’s battery per hour of charging and depends on the charger’s power output.
  • Equipment and installation cost. While basic EV chargers are inexpensive and can be plugged into a standard outlet, others have higher upfront equipment and must be installed professionally by an electric vehicle service provider (EVSP).
  • EV power intake. Depending on your EV, the power output pulled from a charger (in kW) may be limited by how much the EV’s battery can withstand. Check your vehicle’s specifications to know which charging level your vehicle can use.

Numerous manufacturers produce EV chargers, with a variety of products, price points, applications and functionality. Because of these differences, it is important to choose an EV charger that fits your intended use and budget.

Direct Current Fast Charging

How fast is DC fast charging?

Depending on the EV, DC fast chargers can currently produce a 10-80% charge for a 300-mile range battery in approximately 20 minutes (~540 miles of electric drive per hour of charging).

What is the input voltage for a DC fast charger?

Currently available DC fast chargers require inputs of at least 480 volts and 100 amps, but newer chargers are capable of up to 1000 volt and 500 amps (up to 360 kW).

How much do DC fast chargers cost?

A CALeVIP Cost Data analysis found that the unit cost per charger for rebate recipients ranged from a minimum of 18,000 to a maximum of 72,500. The mean and median unit cost per charger was 29,135 and 23,000, respectively.

In addition to higher equipment costs, DC fast charger installations require a commercial electrician from the initial planning phase due to the electrical load and wiring requirements.

Is a DC fast charger the right EV charger for me?

DC fast chargers are the highest-powered EV chargers on the market. They often are used as range extenders along major travel corridors for long-distance trips and in urban environments to support drivers without home charging or very high mileage drivers. At current charging speeds, they are ideal for places where a person would spend 30 minutes to an hour, such as restaurants, recreational areas and shopping centers.

It is important to note that not every EV model is capable of DC fast charging, and therefore, they cannot be used by every EV driver. Further, DC fast chargers have multiple standards for connectors, whereas there is only one common standard for Level 1 and 2 charging (SAE J1772). DC fast chargers have three types of connectors: CHAdeMO, CCS and Tesla, though CCS is increasingly becoming the industry standard.

Level 2 Chargers

How fast is Level 2 charging?

A Level 2 charger can currently produce a full charge for a 300-mile range battery in about 6-8 hours and is perfect for destination and overnight charging.

What is the input voltage of a Level 2 charger?

Level 2 chargers typically require 220V or 240V service.

What is the power output of a Level 2 charger?

Level 2 chargers are available with a variety of power outputs from 3 kW to 19 kW, which can sometimes be adjusted.

How much do Level 2 chargers cost?

CALeVIP Cost Data show that rebate recipients reported average L2 equipment costs ranging from 685 to 6,626 per connector. The mean and median were 2,976 and 2,884 per connector, respectively.

Is a Level 2 charger the right EV charger for me?

Level 2 chargers are typical solutions for residential and commercial/workplace settings. Most offer higher power output than Level 1 chargers and have additional functionality.

Non-networked vs. networked chargers

In general, Level 2 chargers are distinguished between non-networked chargers and networked chargers.

Networked chargers have advanced capabilities, such as charge scheduling, load management and demand response. They are more common in commercial/workplace settings where payments are required or at multiunit dwellings (MUDs) where the property’s electricity bill is shared by multiple residents.

They may be designed for indoor or outdoor use (e.g., NEMA 3R, NEMA 6P, NEMA 4x rated).

Some models of networked chargers also can limit charging to certain hours, which allows the operator to maximize a time-of-use (TOU) electricity rate structure and only allow charging when electricity is the cheapest (usually sometime between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.). This type of control also increases the likelihood of participating in utility demand response programs.

Some of the enhanced features of a networked Level 2 charger include remote access/control via Wi-Fi or cellular connection, access control/ability to accept multiple forms of payment, load balancing across multiple chargers and more. Additionally, California will soon begin allowing the use of submeters already embedded within networked chargers to bill electricity use. For more information on submetering, visit the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) website.

Non-networked Level 2 chargers are used both in single-family residences and MUDs. They may be designed for indoor or outdoor use (e.g., NEMA 3R, NEMA 6P, NEMA 4x rated). Non-networked Level 2 chargers are useful for installations at MUDs or commercial sites that are powered by the residents’ or tenants’ subpanels.

In this case, any electricity used by the chargers will be charged to the individual’s electricity bill, thus eliminating the need to separately meter the chargers. Further, when electrical capacity is available, non-networked Level 2 chargers are useful for site hosts that need higher power than Level 1 charging but do not have a large budget.

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