Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) now offers customers an opportunity to charge their electric vehicles (EV) using a separate meter provided by the Utility. All customers in single-family dwelling units served under the standard domestic rate are eligible.
After completion of the EV Rate Application, an RPU Meter Technician will be dispatched to perform a visual
inspection of your electric service panel. The following conditions must be met to move forward with the
Electric Vehicle Charger Meter Adapter:
Panel must have modern circuit breakers - no push-matic style breakers or fuses
Panel must have all original covers including dead front cover on circuit breakers section
Panel must have main breaker
All breakers must operate properly - will reset if turned off or "exercised"
Panel must be original without any modifications
All busing and conductors shall be free of arc marks and burned areas
Meter jaws must be in good repair and pass a jaw tension test
Panel cover shall have a meter ring and must accept a meter lock ring
Panel must be located where an 8” deep meter and adapter combination will not be an obstruction or hazard
Panel must be 200 Amp maximum
Upon successful completion of the electric service panel visual inspection, you will be provided with
a completion certificate to take with you to the One Stop Shop to obtain your permit.
Step 3: Get a Permit and Pay Fees
After successful completion of the electric panel visual inspection, a customer will need to prepare their home for installation of the Generation Meter Adapter.
Customer must complete the following steps in order:
Hire a licensed electrical contractor to perform all necessary electrical work to prepare their home for the Electric Vehicle Meter Adapter.
Review installation documentation with their electrical contractor
Gather and prepare documentation to apply for a permit at the City’s One Stop Shop.
Approved Electric Meter Shop Visual Inspection Form
Your EV charger installation guide and specification sheet along with listings
A site plan to scale that includes: project address, property owner information, a detailed scope of work, depicts all property lines and the building footprint of the house and garage, shows the existing electrical service location and all proposed work.