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L.A. offers $2,000 rebate for electric vehicle home charging systems

April 22, 2011 |  7:00 am

Angelenos with electric vehicles could score up to $2,000 toward the costs of installing home charging systems through a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power pilot rebate program.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said that the first 1,000 eligible utility customers could apply the funds toward a 240-volt Level 2 charger. Applicants must be part of the utility’s residential time-of-use program, which offers a discounted rate for electricity consumed during off-peak hours such as weeknights and weekends.

Starting May 1, the DWP hopes to expand the rebates to a total of 5,000 chargers. 

The utility hopes to use the program to help compile data on charging patterns as it attempts to pinpoint potential surges in energy use. Officials also said that they plan to upgrade the 86 existing city-owned public chargers and will then invest in new installations.


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Photo: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in a Chevrolet Volt at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times