RESOURCES & TOOLS
GOING ELECTRIC HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER
with more information about owning and operating an EV
POWER UP AT HOME
To take advantage of the fast speed of Level 2 charging, you can easily install a charging station at home and turn your garage into your very own fueling station. Most cars can use charging equipment from one of these leading suppliers:
Many of Southern California’s utility companies offer their customers special reduced rates for EV charging overnight and during off-peak hours. Check with your utility to find the rate plan that works best for you.
ELECTRIC CARS AREN’T JUST FOR HOMEOWNERS
Installing a Level 2 charger in your apartment or condo can seem challenging, as it requires cooperation from property management, but there are still a number of options for apartment-dwellers. With demand for electric cars growing every day, building codes and policies are working to keep up – in the meantime, lindustry professionals offer a number of services designed to help renters and condo owners find the right solutions for them:
- ChargePoint’s steps to bring EV Charging in Apartments or Condos
- SemaConnect’s resources for Charging in Multifamily Homes
- PEV Collaborative guidelines for EV Charging in Multi-Unit Dwellings
- DriveClean’s guide to Charging in Multi-Unit Dwellings
POWER UP ON THE GO
The vast and growing network of public charging stations makes it easier than ever to charge when you’re on the road. There are hundreds of public charging options across Los Angeles, conveniently located near many of your favorite stores and restaurants.
- Charge & Ride the LA Metro: LA metro has charging stations at over ten metro stops across the city, so your car can charge up while you’re riding the metro
- Check out Plugin Car’s Ultimate Guide to Electric Car Charging Networks
- ChargePoint: the nation’s largest public charging network
- The Blink Network: a leading EV charging network that offers Level 2 & DC fast charging
- The EVgo Network: the nation’s largest public DC fast charging network
- TOOL: Plugshare’s Trip Planner
LET’S TALK PERKS
- Federal Tax Credit: you can qualify for an income tax credit of $7,500 for purchasing a new pure electric car or around $4,500 for a new plug-in hybrid.
- State Rebate: Under Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, Californians get $2,500 for the lease or purchase of a new pure electric car or $1,500 for a new plug-in hybrid. The program offers an additional $2,000 in savings to moderate and low income drivers with a household income of $73,000 on qualifying pure electric and plug-in hybrid models.
- HOV Lane Access & Toll Exemption: EV drivers are eligible for Clean Air Vehicle decals to use high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and toll roads for free. Pure electric cars qualify for White Clean Air Vehicle decals, while plug-in hybrids qualify for Green Clean Air Vehicle decals. There is an unlimited number of both decals, with guaranteed HOV access until 2019.
- Anaheim Public Utilities offers a $500 rebate to customers that install a Level 2 charger at their residence.
- Burbank Water and Power offers up to $500 for residential customers who install a Level 2 charger at home.
- The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power provides $500 rebates to residential customers who purchase or lease a new or used EV and install a qualifying Level 2 charger at their home.
- Pasadena Department of Water and Power offers $400 rebates for customers who purchase and install a Level 2 charger.
- The South Coast Air Quality Management District offers $250-500 rebates for residents who install a Level 2 home charging station.
- TOOL: Drive Clean CA’s Buyer’s Checklist
- TOOL: Drive Clean CA’s Incentive Summary
DO THE MATH
These resources are designed to help you calculate how much time and money you could be saving when you drive an electric car.
- Nerd Wallet breaks down The Total Cost of Owning a Car
- TOOL: SMUD’S EV Calculator let’s you compare the monthly fuel costs and carbon output of a gas engine car to those of an electric or hybrid car
- TOOL: True Cost to Own Calculator from Edmunds let’s you calculate all the costs associated with buying a new car including depreciation, loan interest, taxes and fees, insurance premiums, fuel costs, maintenance, and repairs
- TOOL: Insurance Savings Calculator
L.A. is all in when it comes to greening our city. In 2015, Mayor Garcetti laid out a roadmap for creating a cleaner, healthier Los Angeles powered by renewable energy resources. Our leaders believe that by addressing the environment, economy and equity together, we can move toward a truly sustainable future — and they’re not alone. Check out these awesome organizations to learn more about the green energy movement and explore ways you can help make a difference in L.A. and beyond.
- Adopt a Charger
- Charge Ahead California
- Clean Tech OC
- Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA)
- Electric Vehicle Association of Southern California
- International Council on Clean Transportation
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Plug in America
- Plug-in Vehicle Collaborative
- Sierra Club’s EV Guide
- The Greenlining Institute
- Union of Concerned Scientists
ON A TIGHT BUDGET?
Most of us living on a moderate income could use a little extra help.
- Replace your ride: Under the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Replace Your Ride program, Southern Californians receive up to $9,500 for turning in their old polluting car and upgrading to an EV. Program participants can also get an additional $2,000 to purchase and install a home charging station. The program is open to moderate and low-income drivers who live in the South Coast (Orange County and most of LA, Riverside and San Bernardino). Check your eligibility.
- Buy pre-owned: Pre-owned EVs offer even more cost savings, with many available for under $10,000. Check out growing number of electric models on car buying websites, such as Edmunds or Beepi.
- Try car-sharing: Los Angeles will soon have the first ever electric car-sharing program with over 100 electric cars and 100 charging stations around Central LA.
- TOOL: Greenlining Institute’s Electric Vehicles for All: An Equity ToolKit