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Electric Vehicle Charger Giveaway

About the Giveaway

All remaining chargers are currently reserved. The Office of Sustainability is not currently taking additional charger reservations.

The City of Long Beach is giving away EV chargers free of cost to Long Beach residents who own or lease an electric vehicle, and obtain an electrical permit. Recipients will be responsible for any and all expenses related to completing the electrical work necessary to accommodate the chargers at their homes, including City permit and inspection fees. This giveaway program coincides with the launch of a new expedited permitting process for residents interested in installing a residential EV charging station. Single-family homes and owner-occupied units of multi-family residential projects with 4 units or less may qualify for an Expedited Permit.

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This giveaway program is made possible by a generous donation of KEBA KeContact P20-U chargers (Level 2 - 240 volt/3.3KW) by Mercedes-Benz USA. The donation kindly supports City efforts to expand EV infrastructure and make individual EV chargers more easily available to Long Beach residents.

The Level 2 KEBA chargers can typically deliver a full charge to electric vehicles in six hours or less. Please note the chargers are not considered “all-weather” and will need to be installed in a garage or otherwise protected from the elements. Proper installation is crucial for ensuring a well-functioning device, replacements will only be provided for chargers deemed defective upon installation.

KEBA KeContact P20-U User Manual

KEBA KeContact P20-U Installation Manual  

KEBA KeContact P20 Quick Installation Guide

KEBA KeContact P20 Installation Checklist

Other Downloads

Eligibility Criteria

Anyone who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply for the giveaway:

How to Obtain a Charger

There is no fee to receive a charger. However, any subsequent expenses, such as applying for an electrical permit, hiring a contractor, or scheduling additional site inspections, will be the recipient’s responsibility. Applying for an electrical permit is priced at a minimum of $148, which includes the inspection fee.

Application and Installation Process

  1. Check Charger Availability
    • Please email Kristyn.Payne@longbeach.gov or call (562) 570-5831 to check for charger availability and reserve a charger.
    • Please obtain your Expedited Electrical Permit within 30 days of reserving a charger in order to ensure that your reserved charger is still available.
  2. Apply for and Obtain an Electrical Permit
    • We highly recommend that you contract with a licensed electrician to install the EV charger.
    • An expedited electrical permit must be obtained through the City of Long Beach Development Services Department. The Long Beach Office of Sustainability is unable to process electrical permit applications or issue electrical permits.
  3. Pick Up EV Charger
    • Once you are issued an electrical permit and have signed an EV Charger Giveaway Release and Waiver, you may schedule an appointment to pick up your EV charger from the City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability, located at 411 West Ocean Blvd. Appointments must be made at least one business day ahead of the preferred appointment time. In order to receive the charger, you must present your Electrical Permit and original signed EV Charger Giveaway Release and Waiver. 
      • Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM
      • Please contact Kristyn.Payne@longbeach.gov or (562) 570-5831 during these hours to schedule an appointment.
  4. Install EV Equipment
    • Once Development Services issues your electrical permit, proceed with a qualified electrical contractor to complete the City-permitted electrical work necessary to accommodate the EV charger.
  5. Schedule Site Inspection
    • When the permitted electrical work has been completed, you will then schedule a City Inspection. The City Inspector will verify the modifications’ compliance with the electrical code.

For questions about the EV Charger Giveaway please contact Kristyn Payne, by phone: (562) 570-5831, or email: Kristyn.Payne@longbeach.gov

For questions about electrical permits please contact the Permit Center by phone: (562) 570-PMIT (7648).