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FAQs

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Charge Vermont program.

Application Process

Can I submit more than one application?

If you have more than one business or property, please submit separate applications for each site where EV chargers will be installed. Applicants cannot receive an incentive total of more than $100,000 across all eligible sites for Level 1 and Level 2 chargers. Eligible applications will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis.

I am not sure if my site qualifies as a workplace, multi-unit residence, or public attraction. What should I do?

Select the category that best fits the end user of the chargers (i.e. mostly employees charging, mostly residents charging, or mostly the public charging). Email or call us for support on your application.

Do schools qualify as a workplace or a public attraction? As nonprofits?

Please submit an application and we’ll be in touch to help you determine which category your application qualifies for.
Public schools qualify under local governments and municipalities.

What happens after I submit the pre-application form?

Within 4-6 weeks we’ll be in touch to confirm your eligibility and connect you with a contractor to develop a detailed cost estimate and design.

If I don’t have an installer or a completed design, does that hurt my application’s changes of receiving grant funding?

Funding for Level-1 and Level-2 charging is available on a first-come first-served basis. If applicants need technical assistance and/or an installer contact, we will provide support for applicants to complete a full application.

What happens if I receive an award and my project is delayed?

Extensions for projects that have been awarded funding will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Does a site assessment happen at some point in the process?

The installer you choose to work with should visit your site to complete an assessment. In-person site assessments are highly recommended over virtual visits. Applicants should contact their electric utility to request a site visit to determine if utility make-ready work is needed.

What are the repercussions if a grant recipient does not meet the program obligations?

Please see the grant program obligations. If program obligations are not met, grant funds may be recaptured.

Qualifying

The multi-unit residence I am submitting an application for does not have market-rate units. Can I apply?

Can homeowners or condominium associations apply for EV chargers at multi-unit residences?

Yes. If the applicant is not the landowner, please make sure the landowner has authorized you to submit the pre-application form. If an incentive is awarded, the landowner will need to sign the grant agreement.

What costs cannot be covered by grant funding?

  • Any equipment that is mandated by local, state, or federal requirements. 
  • Network fees and subscriptions (prepaid or monthly).
  • Signage beyond what is required for projects located in public right of way.
  • Extended warranties (beyond the required three-year warranty).
  • Painting of parking spots.
  • Curbing and paving not required for ADA accessibility, code-compliance, or to protect equipment from damage.

Definitions & Terms

What is the definition of women or minority ownership?

Refer to Burlingtonvt.gov for definitions of women and minority ownership:

What qualifies as a market-rate unit?

What are make-ready costs?

Utility make-ready work includes behind-the-meter work, such as electrical panel upgrades, in addition to in-front-of-the-meter work, such as transformers, service upgrades, and line extensions. Costs for civil make-ready work, such as excavating and repairing paved surfaces, may be included as well.

Equipment

How do I know if EV chargers are mandated at my site?

If you have any questions about applicable local, state, or federal EV charging mandates, please reach out to your local zoning and code enforcement contacts, which can usually be found on your town website. You can also call the State Permit Specialist at 802-477-2241 or visit the state permit navigator website.

If communications are not readily available (i.e. no cell coverage and/or limited broadband), can grant funds be used to cover these costs?

Internet and cell connectivity costs are not eligible to be covered by grant funding. The State is anticipating a federal award to help expand the broadband network – please keep an eye out for announcements related to this funding.

The program guidelines state that if networked equipment is chosen, it must be able to take credit card payments. What if one wants the networking features for reasons other than payment, such as for time-slot reservations or time’s-up reminders?

This is acceptable. Please note that if a project includes networked equipment, the network must also:

  • Use an open standard protocol to ensure EV chargers are not “locked” to a single service provider in perpetuity.
  • Not require payment of a subscription fee or membership to use the EV chargers.
  • Have customer service assistance available during hours of operation.
  • Adhere to cyber security standards for transmission of financial information.

Installation

Where can I find an installer?

Do I need to contact my utility about installing EV chargers?

Yes. Your utility can help provide additional incentives and can work with your installer to determine the scope of any utility make-ready work. See above under Definitions & Terms for the meaning of make-ready work.

Are there requirements for who can install the EV chargers?

Applicants may choose the installer they want to work with. The installation of any EV charger funded through this grant must be installed by a licensed electrician in accordance with all current National Electric Codes and the Vermont Electrical Safety Rules.