Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced new plans to boost the city’s electric vehicle initiatives, part of which include rebates worth up to $2,000 for the first one-thousand Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) customers who install electric charging stations in their home.

Calling the program “Charge Up LA,” the Board of Water and Power Commission approved incentives for residents who install rapid, Level 2 charging stations for qualifying electric vehicles. The commission hopes the program will foster the addition of 5,000 units in the city.

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In order to qualify for the rebate, home owners must participate in LADWP Residential Time-of-Use Rate, which the utility provider says offers a 2.5 cent per kilowatt-hour discount for off-peak hours on weeknights and weekends when wind power in is most harnessed. But, that program also likely means rates will be higher during weekday hours.

LADWP is also looking to work with The EV Project, upgrade 86 existing public charging stations and partner with private companies and other utilities to compare data to prepare the grid for more electric vehicles and decide where future charging stations should be located.

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