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Helping with the cost of home charging


PG&E’s Empower EV Program offers income-eligible households up to $2,500 in financial incentives. The program extends to qualifying customers in single-family households who have recently purchased or leased an EV within six months prior to applying to the program.

  • PG&E will provide one free Level 2 charger valued at $500 (hardwires or plugs in to 220+ Volt outlet).
  • PG&E will cover up to $2,000 per single-family household for panel upgrades completed by the program’s licensed electricians, Synergy Companies.
  • No cost to enroll.
  • Program offerings are administered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Customer must agree to program terms and conditions (PDF).
  • Customer must have an active PG&E residential Electric Service Agreement.
  • Customer must verify income eligibility (within 400 percent of the federal poverty level):
    • $54,630 for a one-person household
    • $73,240 for a two-person household
    • $92,120 for a three-person household
    • $111,000 for a four-person household
    • $129,880 for a five-person household
  • Customer will have purchased or leased a new or used EV (fully battery electric or plug-in hybrid) in the six months prior to applying to this program.
  • Customer must use the program’s licensed electrician, Synergy Companies, for panel upgrade work and is financially responsible for any costs above the $2,000 project cost cap.
  • Customer will be automatically enrolled in PG&E’s Home Charging EV2-A Time-of-Use rate plan and must remain on the rate for a minimum of six billing cycles. Learn more about the Home Charging rate plan.

Option 1: Applicants can be income-verified by the PG&E authorized implementer, GRID Alternatives. Once you submit your application, GRID Alternatives will reach out with instructions on how to submit tax documents or other proof of income.


Option 2: Applicants may also qualify for Empower EV if they participated in, and can provide proof of, enrollment in at least one of these public assistance programs:

  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Clean Vehicle Assistance Program (CVAP)
  • Driving Clean Assistance Program (DCAP)
  • Drive Clean in the San Joaquin
  • Replace Your Ride (RYR)
  • Clean Cars for All (CC4A)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • CalFresh/SNAP (Food Stamps)
  • CalWORKs (TANF) or Tribal TANF
  • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal only)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medi-Cal for Families (Healthy Families A & B)
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal (under age 65)
  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal (age 65 and over)


If you have questions, email evs@gridalternatives.org or call 855-283-4638.

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