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July 13, 2023

REACH 2.0 Program Aims to Increase Access to EV Charging

What are EV charging grants?

EV charging grants can play a significant role in promoting the adoption and expansion of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, encouraging the transition towards sustainable transportation, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They provide financial support and incentives to businesses, organizations, and individuals to install, operate, and maintain EV charging stations. A variety of federal and state grant opportunities have been made available around the country to ensure EV charging is more easily accessible to drivers.

Additionally, EV charging grants often prioritize projects in underserved areas, such as low-income neighborhoods, where access to charging infrastructure may be limited. By targeting these areas, grants help ensure that the benefits of electrified transportation reach all communities, fostering equitable access to clean mobility options.

What is the California Energy Commission’s REACH 2.0 Program?

In April 2023, the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program announced a new $20 million grant funding opportunity called the Reliable, Equitable, and Accessible Charging for Multifamily Housing 2.0 (REACH 2.0) program. It is intended to increase the availability of EV charging access for multifamily housing residents throughout the state. The program also hopes to have a positive impact on EV adoption.

Eligible applicants include property management companies, property owners, public housing agencies, local governments, community-based organizations and more.

According to the solicitation manual, some key considerations include:

  • All projects are eligible for up to 100 percent of the total project costs or up to $5,000,000, whichever is less.
  • Projects are expected to meet the minimum charger count of 100 and serve at least 100 MFH units.
  • Applications may include Level 1, Level 2, or mobile or moveable (not grid connected) chargers.
  • A minimum of 50 percent of a project’s EV chargers must be installed within disadvantaged communities and/or low-income communities.
  • If applications include a match share, the application must include a minimum 50 percent cash match share.

When are applications due?

Applications for the REACH 2.0 program are due August 2, 2023. An evaluation committee will review an application on certain criteria including project implementation, location, readiness, team experience and qualifications, budget, and sustainability.

Chargie is Here to Help

Interested in taking part in the program but not sure where to start? Our team of experts are available to help. We handle everything from applying to the program and submitting the required paperwork to installing and managing the ongoing maintenance and support of the EV chargers. With Chargie, property owners get a truly turnkey partner, and drivers get simple, intuitive charging. Learn more about our turnkey solution.

The places you park most of the time become the places you can charge at any time. Our 98%+ availability means you’ll return to a fully charged car and our 24/7/365 customer care provides drivers and clients the support they need at every turn.

Chargie has installed over 15,000 EV chargers and saved clients more than $80M on installation costs. Chat with an EV charging expert for a free property evaluation.