EV Power Permit

Prepaid unlimited EV battery charging - Pilot Program

Drive your vehicle up to one of our electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and enjoy the convenience of pre-paid, unlimited charging time for the single assigned vehicle only. The UCSB-EV Power permit covers the cost of power only and you will still need a valid parking permit to park on the UCSB campus.

Please be advised that the UCSB EV Power Permit is a pilot program that may be ended with 30-day notice.

EV charging instructions are here.

Who is eligible

EV Permit

If you have an “A”, “B”, “C” annual permit or an “H” nine-month permit, and a plug-in vehicle you are pre-qualified for the UCSB-EV permit.

How to apply

Apply for the permit in person at the Parking Services Sales Office in Parking Lot 30 across the street from Harder Stadium on Stadium Rd. Our sales staff will be glad to answer all questions and otherwise assist you, Monday–Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM exclusive of univeristy administrative holidays.

When to renew

The EV power permit expires on June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Price and payment options

There are two options for charging plug-in electric vehicles on campus (ChargePoint or Trickle-Charge) 

ChargePoint Charging Stations provide up to up to 6.6kW/h in Lots 10, 18, 22 and 60 require a valid parking permit for the parking lot and payment for power through ChargePoint at the rate of 20 cents per kilowatt (subject to change as power costs fluctuate).

Here is a video on the ChargePoint App and a How to charge video from ChargePoint.

Trickle Charge and EV Power Permits
Trickle Charge provides up to 1.9kW/h and requires an EV Power Permit.  EV Power Permits can be purchased in 4 hour increments or long-term.  Long-term EV power permits allow unlimited trickle-charging at of the one vehicle linked to Long-Term power permit at our Level 1 (120V 12A) bring- your-own-cord spaces on the first floor of Structure 10 and the trickle-charge Level 2 (240V 8A) spaces found in Lot 1 in the northmost part of the center isle and on the northeast corner of the 3rd floor of structure 10 near the elevator. 

The cost of an UCSB-EV power permit is over and above the price to park at UCSB and corresponds to the capacity of the vehicle’s battery... 

Trickle charge rates are $1 for each 4 hour increments payable at the permit dispenser in Lot 9 or on the first floor of parking structure 10 or at the long-term rates... Below you will find examples of some common plug-in vehicle makes and models...Their rated usable battery capacities relates their corresponding long-term EV power permit fees at the non-ChargePoint trickle-charge locations only.


VEHICLE Cost for Power, per Month, effective July 1, 2019 for Level 1 and Level 2 Trickle-Charge Only - Not ChargePoint
Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron $15
BMW 330e iPerformance
BMW 530e iPerformance
BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance
BMW i8
BMW X5 xdrive40e iPerformance
Ford CMAX Energi
Ford Fusion Energi
Honda Accord Plug In Hybrid
Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid
Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid
Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid
Mercedes C350e
Mercedes GLE550e
Mercedes S550e
Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4
Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid
Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid (1st Gen 2012-2016)
Toyota Prius Prime (2nd Gen 2016-Present)
Volvo S90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid
​Volvo XC60 T8 Plug-in Hybrid
Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid
Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid $37.50
Chevrolet Spark EV
Chevrolet Volt
Chrysler Pacifica Minivan Plug-In Hybrid
Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
Honda Fit EV
Smart ED
BMW i3 $45
Fiat 500e
Ford Focus Electric
Honda Clarity Electric
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Kia Niro Electric
Kia Soul Electric
Nissan Leaf
Volkswagen e-Golf
Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive B250e
Toyota RAV4 Electric
Chevrolet Bolt
Hyundai Kona Electric
Jaguar I-PACE Electric
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model X
Tesla Roadster

*Pilot Program rates (above) are subject to change with 30-day notice


If you pay for your parking permit via pretax payroll deduction (PRD), you might consider enrolling in PRD for the EV power permit as well. This is not a requirement. TPS also accepts payment by cash, debit/credit card, or a check made payable to UC Regents.

A permit purchased after June 30 is prorated and the appropriate fee charged for the months remaining until June 30 ending in an odd-numbered year.

Permit returns and refunds

Annual permits that are not being used must be returned to Parking Services to qualify for a refund base on the unused calendar months in the future. See here for more information about our permit return policy.