LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is offering up to $2,000 in rebates for customers who want to install electric vehicle chargers in their homes.

On Wednesday, LADWP commissioners approved a rebate program called “Charge Up L.A.” for those who want to install rapid chargers. The utility’s goal is to give rebates for up to 5,000 home chargers.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is set to announce the rebates and discuss installation costs at a news conference Thursday.

Last year, he announced plans to streamline the permitting and inspection process for new charging stations. He said the city’s goal was to help customers go from applying for a permit to plugging in their electric vehicles at home in seven days.

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Comments (6)
  1. Rachel Panush says:

    How irresponsible of LADWP to start a new incentive program when they have a huge backlog of promised, but unpaid rebates to people who have installed solar panels and have confirmation numbers from LADWP! I’ve been waiting since August 2010 and have been promised my solar panel rebate for months with specific dates for processing and at the last minute, they sent an email saying “oops, so sorry, but we’ve over-promised on this program and we won’t be funding your rebate after all this year.”
    If I had any faith in LADWP, I’d love to get an electric plug-in vehicle and get a rebate for installation, but I’m still waiting for the other rebate – and it looks doubtful they’re ever going to make good on that obligation.

  2. Angry in LA says:

    THIS SUCKS! Those of us on fixed incomes have to subsidize those who can afford the luxury of an all-electric vehicle through the inevitable rate increases so the thieves in the city council and mayor’s office can spend our hard-earned and shrinking dollars to subsidize the rich???

    NO WAY! Anyone else feel like a protest movement against this evil scheme???

  3. John says:

    The big problem here isn’t the program itself. The problem is there are huge financial and technical flaws with both the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt that will make purchasing either vehicle a fools errand when compared to hybrids already on the market. Unless the Ford model coming out at the end of the year addresses these issues then the city is just encouraging people to flush money for something that will not be used. This is just the Mayor’s office trying to look “progressive” to the rest of the state for something that is ultimately pointless.

  4. NoBama2012 says:

    Bureaucratic Service at you service !!

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