Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Office of Energy and Sustainable Development

Where can I charge my Plug-in Electric Vehicle in Berkeley?

The City of Berkeley is working to promote the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) as a means of helping meet the Climate Action Plan goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2020 from 2000 levels. To do this, we are working to make it easier to charge EVs at home, work, and while out in the community.  

If you are a Berkeley resident interested in installing an EV charging system at your home, please visit our Residential Plug-In Electric Vehicle Charging Systems webpage. For information on our Pilot Program to encourage businesses, schools, and other non-residential buildings to install EV charging stations in their existing parking lots for employees, customers, or the general public, please visit our Non-Residential Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Station Pilot Program webpage. 

EV charging station ChargePointPublic Charging
In addition, the City of Berkeley offers EV charging to the public in the Center Street Garage at 2025 Center Street in downtown Berkeley. The Center Street Garage can be entered from either Center Street or Addison Street between Milvia Street and Shattuck Avenue. There is currently no fee for charging, but standard parking fees apply. Information on the Center Street Garage including its hours and parking fees is available at the City of Berkeley Center Street Garage website. Charging sessions are limited to a maximum of 4 hours during daytime hours (7 am – 6 pm).

A public Level 2 EV charging station is located on the upper level of the 1st floor of the Center Street Garage (along the east wall). This EV charging station is part of the ChargePoint network; information on whether the station is in use can be accessed remotely through ChargePoint's Station Finder website. This station was donated to the City of Berkeley by City CarShare, a Bay Area nonprofit carsharing organization. Use of this EV charging station is currently FREE.

Initiate a charging session in one of three ways:

  1. If you are a ChargePoint member, hold your membership card over the station’s reader symbol to begin the session. No fee will be applied. When authorized by the station, remove the connector and plug it in to your vehicle. Hold your card over the reader symbol again to complete your charging session and return the connector to the holster.
  2. If you have an RFID-enabled credit card, hold your credit card over the station’s reader symbol to begin the session. No fee will be applied. When authorized by the station, remove the connector and plug it in to your vehicle. Hold your card over the reader symbol again to complete your charging session and return the connector to the holster.
  3. You can call the toll-free ChargePoint telephone number listed on the EV charging station, 1-888-758-4389, to initiate the charging session. Please remember to return the connector to the holster and coil the cord when you are done charging.

A second modern Level 2 EV charging station is located on the 4th floor of the Center Street Garage in the southwest corner, adjacent to the elevators. This charging space has been designed to provide access to all users; including people with disabilities.  If you have no mobility needs and the public charging station on the 1st floor is available, please use it before occupying this 4th floor location. The 4th floor modern EV charging station is made by Clipper Creek. It is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To begin a free charging session, plug the connector into your vehicle and press the blue button on the front of the charger (a light will come on to indicate that charging is in process). Press the same button to stop and return the connector and the cord to the holder on the underside of the charger when you are done with your session.

This 4th floor charging space in the Center Street Garage also provides access to a Small Paddle Inductive (SPI) that can be used to charge legacy EVs (from the late 1990s and early 2000s). A free charging session is initiated when the SPI is plugged into the EV and stops when it is removed. Please return the connector to the holster and neatly coil the cord when finished charging.

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