If you have issues with a ChargePoint station, please call their 24/7 driver hotline at 1-888-758-4389
For other concerns, RCEA is open from 9am to 5pm M-F to answer your questions at 707-269-1700
PlugShare is a map that features all operational charging stations in Humboldt County, California, the nation, and across the world. Explore using the interactive map below and/or download the PlugShare app.
RCEA’s Charging Stations
The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is proud to operate many of the charging stations in Humboldt County:
- 44 ports
- 23 stations
- 13 locations
All RCEA stations are on the ChargePoint network. To charge, download the ChargePoint app or contact ChargePoint for an RFID card.
Map of RCEA Charging stations (they are also featured on PlugShare above):
Fast Charging Stations
More fast-charging stations are on the way! The State of California is investing heavily in the expansion of fast-charge infrastructure for electric vehicles. If you own an EV with a range of 150 miles or more, you can now complete a trip from Humboldt County to Sacramento, the Bay Area, and beyond.
Please note that RCEA is not responsible for the installation of these charging stations, but serves as a liaison between developers and the general public. Visit PlugShare to find out which stations are fully operational.
Mobile apps can be downloaded to your smartphone and are often the easiest way to pay for charging sessions.
The Chargepoint app will only show Chargepoint stations.
Apps include key features like
- Find available stations – see which stations are available to charge in real time
- Flexible payment methods – Just hold your phone up to by the card reader on the station to pay
- Get notified – Receive notifications when your car is done charging, or when a station opens up
Chargepoint Support 1-888-758-4389
Owning a Charging Station
Choose the type of charging station that is right for you!
For simple questions and answers check out our In-Home Charging Station Guide (PDF).
To see all of the available options for charging station hardware and software check out the Electric Vehicle Charger Selection Guide (PDF). If you would like assistance selecting a charging station type, please call our office at 707-269-1700.
California law requires landlords to approve a tenant’s written request to install an EV charging station at the tenant’s parking space for leases signed, renewed, or extended on or after July 1, 2015. Tenants are required to pay for all installation, use, maintenance, and removal of the charging station. To learn more about other legal requirements and exceptions, read this article on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for California Landlords.
Permitting details for installing a residential charging station
Depending on where you live, the permitting process will be slightly different. If you live in Eureka, Arcata, or part of unincorporated Humboldt County, check out the PDF links below. If live in a different city or have questions about your specific project, please call our office for more information.
- Permitting for the County of Humboldt and the City of Eureka (PDF)
- Permitting for the City of Arcata (PDF)
For information about accessibility requirements for EV charging stations, you can find California-specific guides and FAQs from the Division of State Architect Access Compliance Reference Material.
Financing options for installing a charging station:
- PACE Financing is a program that allows property owners to borrow money in order to make energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to their property, including installing an EV charging station. The loan is then paid back as part of the property tax bill. Follow the above link for more information and to see a list of PACE programs in California.
- The Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit provides a tax credit of 30% of the cost (up to $1,000 for residential installations and up to $30,000 for commercial installations) of purchasing and installing an EV charging station. The credit has been extended until December 31, 2020, and retroactively extended to cover charging stations purchased in 2018 and 2019. If you installed a charging station during the past two years or will be installing one in 2020, visit the link above and look at IRS Form 8911 (PDF) for details.
Interested in installing a public or private charging station at your local business?
Give us a call at 707-269-1700 and we can help you through the process.
The state of California has introduced the Northern California Incentive Project. The project provides financial incentives for the installation of new Level 2 (L2) and DC fast charging (DCFC) installations in public or private shared-use locations in Humboldt County. You can read more on the CALeVIP website. As of March 2021 there is almost $160k still available for L2 installations in the Humboldt County region.
Charging levels refer to the amount of electricity a charging station provides. Currently RCEA manages Level 2 public charging stations. Level 3 or DC Fast Chargers are currently available in Arcata, Eureka, Loleta, Willow Creek, and Klamath.
8 to 15 hours to recharge
1kW, 120V , 12-16A
Equivalent to a standard wall outlet and slowest charge level
3 to 8 hours to recharge
Typically 6kW, 208-240V
Many public charging stations are level 2, as are RV hook-ups
Typical type of charger to install at home
20 to 60 min to recharge
Typically 50kW, occasionally 20kW, 208-600V DC
Also known as DC Fast chargers and are the quickest charging option