Empower EV—an incentive program launching in spring 2023

For a limited time starting in spring 2023, PG&E’s Empower EV program can offer 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.

Program details

  • PG&E will cover the cost of up to $500 for one Level 2 charger (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.
  • Goal is to assist up to 2,000 households with a no cost Level 2 charger and up to 800 eligible households with panel upgrades through this program.

Program enrollment will be live on the Access Clean California (ACC) website. Please check back soon for the enrollment link.

Program eligibility

  • Customer must agree to program terms and conditions.
  • Customer must verify income eligibility (within 400 percent of the federal poverty level):
    • $51,040 for a one-person household
    • $68,960 for a two-person household
    • $86,880 for a three-person household
    • $104,800 for a four-person household
    • $122,720 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 for panel upgrade work and is financially responsible for any costs above the $2,000 project cost cap.

Income verification options

Option 1: Applicants can be income-verified through ACC by signing an Income Verification Affidavit and IRS Form 4506-C. This form allows the PG&E authorized implementer (GRID Alternatives) to obtain a copy of tax transcript(s) as income verification. These documents will be available through the ACC portal and don’t need to be prepared in advance.

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)