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 is subject to change or cancellation 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, Tuesday 8a-Noon or Friday 1-4p 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 of the one vehicle specifically linked to the Long-Term EV power permit at our trickle-charge Level 2 (240V 8A) spaces as listed below on the right-side column

EVSE at UC Santa Barbara
  Number and type of ports in each parking lot
Lot Level 2 ChargePoint up to 6.6kW/h Pay 20 cents per kWh through ChargePoint, plus a valid parking permit Level 2 Trickle-Charge up to 1.9kW/h Pay for power through a parking permit dispenser or a long-term EV Power permit, plus a valid parking permit
1   19 x EV-Available
10 8 x EV-Only 4 x EV-Only on Entry level & EV-Available x 11 on 3rd floor northeast corner and x 12 on 4th floor northeast corner
18 8 x EV-Only 9 x EV-Only
22 4 x EV-Only

11 x EV-Only on level directly underneath the Ocean Rd. entrance to 22 Parking

50   2 x EV-Only - bottom level southeast corner
60 3 x EV-Only  

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 near the closest elevator in structure 18 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 2 Trickle-Charge Only - Not ChargePoint
Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron $15 mo
BMW 330e
BMW 530e 
BMW 740e
BMW 745e
BMW i8
BMW X3 30e
BMW X5 40e
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
Audi Q5e $37.50 mo
Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid
Chevrolet Spark EV
Chevrolet Volt
Chrysler Pacifica Minivan Plug-In Hybrid
Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid
Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
Honda Fit EV
Land Rover Range Rover Plug-in Hybrid
Land Rover Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid
Lincoln Aviator Plug-in Hybrid
Smart ED Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota RAV4 Prime Plug-in Hybrid
Volvo S60 Plug-in Hybrid
Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid
Audi A8 TFSI e $45 mo
ravAudi e-tron GT
Audi e-tron Q4
Audi e-tron Sportback
BMW i3
Chevrolet Bolt
Fiat 500e
Fisker eMotion
Fisker Ocean
Ford Focus Electric<
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Honda Clarity Electric
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Hyundai Kona Electric

Jaguar I-PACE Electric


Jeep Wrangler 4xe

Kia Niro Electric
Kia Soul Electric
Mazda MX-30
Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive B250e
Mercedes EQC
Mini Cooper SE
MINI Electric
Nissan Ariya

Nissan Leaf

Polestar 1 and 2
Porsche Taycan
Rivian R1T Truck
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model Y
Tesla Roadster
Toyota RAV4 Electric
Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen ID.3


Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID Crozz
Volvo XC40 Electric

*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.