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Glendale prepares for more electric cars

October 20, 2011 |  7:50 am

Glendale prepares for more electric cars
The first 100 people to buy an electric vehicle in Glendale will get a $200 rebate from the city if they install a special socket that will help measure the impact of cars tapping into the power grid.

City officials say they want to be prepared for the influx of energy use as the electric vehicles become more popular, the Glendale News-Press reported.

The special socket will measure the effect on the power supply, said Ned Bassin, assistant general manager of customer and support services at Glendale Water & Power.

"We expect in the future there will be a lot of electric vehicles," Bassin said.

Without proper planning, that could take a toll on the city's energy system, officials say.

"It's like adding a whole home to our distribution system," Bassin said.

Electric-car buyers that want to charge their car faster must hire an electrician to install a 240-volt socket, for which the city will be installing special meters to measure the energy use.

But the meters need a special connection that the electrician will be required to install -- typically at a cost of $200 -- hence the rebate offer.

-- Brittany Levine, Times Community News

Photo: A Nissan Leaf charges at an electric station in Glendale. Credit: Raul Roa / Times Community News