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Public Charger Program

Public electric vehicle (EV) chargers are an amenity that make any community more attractive to businesses and residents alike. With greater access to public charging stations, EV drivers get the peace of mind to drive farther.

If you're a commercial property manager or owner looking to install public access EV charging stations, then Pepco's Public Charger program is for you.

How the Program Works

With the Public Charger program, Pepco will install the electric supply infrastructure to the charging station and, as the station owner, you install the charging stations and ensure public accessibility. Pepco will provide a rebate for the electric supply infrastructure cost or directly pay an electrician if the work has not been completed.

Please note: The following are excluded from Pepco's Public Charger program:

  • Level 2 and/or DCFC, charging station installation, connection, testing and commissioning
  • Concrete pedestals or bases
  • Parking signs, striping and/or barriers
  • Landscaping
  • Traffic control plans
  • Extensive system upgrades
  • Costs in excess of program budget

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Questions? Email EVsmart@pepco.com

Steps to Participate

Requirements & Steps to Participate

1. Applicants Must Meet Program Requirements

  • Applicants must qualify for program participation as a non-residential customer.
  • Qualified applicants include parties who own, operate, or lease a commercial space for public parking or parties who own and operate an EV charging station.
  • The hosting site for the electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) must provide long-dwell parking available for public use.
  • The party responsible for installing, operating, and/or maintaining the EVSE should be licensed by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) to work in the District of Columbia.
  • Interested participants should submit one application per site to provide an opportunity for participation to a range of customers and locations around the District of Columbia.
  • Applicants with multiple requests can select which application Pepco will review first.
  • Prior to construction, the applicant must provide proof of purchase for qualified EVSE.
  • Additional requirements may apply, see application for details.

2. Complete an Application

  • If applicant is a charging station vendor, they must secure all required easements and agreements with the site owner prior to applying to Pepco. Public Right-of-Way installations can skip this step.
  • Applicant submissions will include structural drawings for EVSE facilities that meet Pepco's standards.
  • Prior to approving applications, Pepco will perform a feasibility review to confirm project viability.
  • Applications for Public Right-of-Way sites must also be submitted to the District's Public Space Committee for review, approval, and issuance of any necessary permits (see below). Pepco recommends waiting for our application to move forward before submitting applications to the Public Space Committee.

3. Applicants Must Meet Installation Requirements

  • Pepco's Public Charger program will accommodate a maximum of 5 Level II or 4 DCFC per location.
  • EV charging stations must be smart/networked (i.e., capable of sending and receiving communications via wi-fi or cellular network).
  • Applicants must provide space for the commercial meter pedestal (if required) and any other equipment that must be installed.
  • Any contractor hired by Pepco to perform make-ready installations must be licensed to operate in the District of Columbia.

Public space Committee (PSC) Process – Public Right-of-Way Sites Only

Installation in public right-of-way locations require additional applications and approvals from the PSC as follows:

  • Applications must be submitted to the District's Public Space Committee where they will be evaluated by the District Department of Transportation in coordination with Pepco.
    Download District Applications: Click here 
  • Applications are reviewed in pre-scheduled hearings approximately two months post-submittal. Once approved by the Committee, permits will be issued to the applicant within five days. 
    Understand the Process: Click here 
  • The applicant is responsible for submitting applications to the Public Space Committee and any associated fees.

4. Pepco Engineering Design

  • As part of the deployment process, Pepco will go through a process that includes Preliminary Engineering, Field Investigation, Final Engineering, Estimating, and Final Assembly of Construction Package. This process typically takes two to four months. Pepco will also review designs proposed by the customer.
  • Pepco Permitting and Infrastructure Development: Upon successful completion of the Engineering and Design process, Pepco will secure any required permits that are required to supply power to the site. This does not include any permitting required for the charger installation.
  • Pre-Construction Review: Once the previous steps are completed, Pepco will conduct a job site inspection to confirm all assumptions prior to construction.

5. Construction of Make-Ready Infrastructure

Pepco will coordinate all required construction activities and prepare the site to be energized.

  • Pepco will inform applicant when EVSE installation can begin.

Pepco will install a meter for new service, if applicable.

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