Electrify your drive

Driving Electric in Palo Alto

The City of Palo Alto encourages the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs) as part of our progress towards becoming one of the greenest cities in the country. Our city ranks as one of the top in the nation to embrace this clean technology. In 2017, one in three new vehicles purchased in Palo Alto was electric - the highest adoption rate in the country. Driving and charging an EV in Palo Alto especially makes sense given the City's carbon neutral electricity supply and low electric retail rates.

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Learn more about EVs in Palo Alto

We're here to help! Check out these frequently asked questions for answers. Contact us at (650) 329-2241 to talk with staff about EVs and programs to help you go electric. 

Charging your EV in Palo Alto

Let us help with guidance and support when navigating the transition from fossil fueled vehicles to EVs. Our EV webpages include information on choosing and comparing vehicles to installing charging equipment. EV charging equipment rebates are available for organizations such as schools, non-profits and multi-user sites including apartment buildings and businesses with common area parking space. View our resources page for helpful information on EV charging. 

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Public EV Charging Stations

Click on a pin to learn more about the EV Charging Stations available in Palo Alto and the surrounding regions. Note: Some EV charging stations are free and others have fees and/or are only open to members of a certain network.


Be sure to also check out the City of Palo Alto's public charging stations in several city garages (City Hall, Alma/High, Cambridge, Ted Thompson, Bryant/Webster) and two libraries (Mitchell Park and Rinconada).


 


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Visit the PlugShare website for more details on charging stations. 

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$1000 Tax Credit for Installing EV Charger EV Charger Rebate for Multi-User Sites

If you equipped your home or business with an EV Charger, you may be eligible for a tax credit using IRS Form 8911.

 

Congress recently extended a federal tax credit that will allow you to take 30% of the cost (up to $1000) for purchasing and installing an EV charger at your home or business. You can claim this credit if you installed, or plan to install between January 2017 and December 31 2020. 

 

Consult your tax advisor for details. 

January 2017. CPAU is now offering a rebate of up to $80,000 for the installation of EV Chargers at qualified sites, including schools, multifamily dwellings such as apartment complexes and commercial properties.


To learn more, visit our EV Chargers for Organizations page.

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