MDAQMD is not accepting applications for this program until January 1, 2024. 

The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is in full swing, and the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) is at the forefront of promoting cleaner transportation. Their Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Program is set to make EV charging more accessible than ever before, offering substantial reimbursements for approved projects.

What is the MDAQMD’s Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Program?

MDAQMD’s Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Program is a visionary initiative that aims to encourage local entities within the MDAQMD to install electric vehicle charging stations. These stations will offer public and private options for EV charging, contributing to a greener, more sustainable future. The program will reimburse MDAQMD Governing Board-approved projects up to a certain percentage of eligible costs, provided that adequate grant funding is available.

Program Details

Here are the key details of this groundbreaking program:

  • Funding Table: The maximum percentage of eligible costs that can be reimbursed varies based on the nature of the project:
    • All projects: 50%
    • Publicly accessible projects: 60%
    • Projects with solar/wind power systems: 65%
    • Publicly accessible projects with solar/wind systems: 75%
    • Public school bus projects: 100%
  • Program Eligibility: To be eligible for this program, you must meet certain criteria:
    • Receive MDAQMD service.
    • Fall into one of the following categories:
      • Workplace offering EV charging to employees and/or fleets.
      • Commuter parking lot (e.g., park & ride, ferry terminal).
      • Multifamily property with four or more units, catering to residents of all rent types.
  • General Criteria: Several general criteria apply:
    • Work must be performed by a licensed contractor.
    • The project must adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and requirements, including environmental laws.
    • The project must be installed within the MDAQMD’s territory.
    • Sites must accommodate a minimum of two Level-2 Charging Stations or one Level-2 Charging Station and one Level-3/DC Fast Charging Station.
  • Applicant/Grantee Requirements: Applicants and grantees have certain responsibilities, including providing specific documentation, complying with land use permits, and more. They must also enter into an agreement with MDAQMD for a minimum project life of three years.

Eligible Costs

Eligible costs are those directly related to the purchase and installation of equipment for power delivery or fueling for the infrastructure project. Some eligible costs include design and engineering, equipment costs, installation costs, and more. Ineligible costs include real estate property purchases/leases, legal fees, construction management, and other non-essential expenses.

Promoting a Greener Future

MDAQMD’s Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Program is a significant step toward a cleaner and more sustainable future. By incentivizing the installation of EV charging stations, the program encourages the use of zero-emission vehicles and reduces harmful emissions. It’s a win-win for the environment and the community.

While the program is currently not accepting applications until January 1, 2024, it’s an opportunity for local entities to take part in the electric vehicle revolution and contribute to a greener Mojave Desert. The future of transportation is electric, and MDAQMD is leading the way.


Ivelina Kadiri

Policy Compliance Manager

About the author

Ivelina is a trend-seeking policy compliance manager who skillfully navigates complex regulatory landscapes and bridges the gap between sustainable transportation goals and actionable implementation.