Electric Vehicles

More and more people are choosing electric vehicles (EVs) over gas-powered cars to reduce pollution, conserve energy, save money and reduce their carbon footprint.

Consumer who drive electric vehicles love them. Their smooth rides, convenient charging, lack of exhaust, fast acceleration, very low maintenance, and low fueling costs make electric vehicles far more enjoyable to drive and cheaper to own.

Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) is committed to the adoption of electric vehicles by offering incentives to customers who drive plug-in electric vehicles and install charging stations at their homes and businesses. PWP is also expanding the charging infrastructure by installing chargers at public at parking structures throughout the city.

Why Choose an Electric Vehicle?

More and more people are choosing electric vehicles over gas-powered cars and trucks to reduce pollution, conserve energy, save money and reduce their carbon footprint. And, more and more auto companies are shifting their focus to EVs.

  • No Tailpipe Emissions: Electric vehicles have a smaller environmental impact than conventional vehicles. With PWP’s commitment to sustainability, currently 35% of Pasadena’s power comes from renewable sources, and will increase to 50% by 2030, meaning the electricity you use to power your vehicle will be cleaner every year. And to be even more green, choose PWP’s Green Power Program to power your home or business from 100% renewable sources, producing no emissions at all.
  • Home Recharging: Electric cars can be conveniently charged in garages or driveways while they’re parked overnight using existing outlets. Installing a charging station at home will charge the vehicle even faster.
  • Cheaper to Operate: Given the considerable efficiency of electric cars compared to internal combustion engine models, the cost to fuel an EV is approximately one-third to one-half the cost of gasoline (on a cost-per-mile basis).
  • Quiet and Quick: An electric car is very quiet and very smooth. EVs are built with high torque (axle-twisting power) allowing full acceleration in just a few seconds.

Incentives for Electric Vehicles

PWP Electric Vehicle IncentiveTo offset higher electric bills due to charging EVs at home, Pasadena Water and Power offers free LED lights when you purchase or lease an Electric Vehicle. Replacing inefficient lighting with LEDs is a fast and easy way to save energy at home.

PWP EV Charger IncentivePWP will provide a rebate to customers who purchase and install a qualifying EV charging station. Portable 240V charging stations may also qualify for this incentive.

Federal

A Federal Tax Credit of up to $7,500 per vehicle is available for the first 200,000 PEVs from each automaker.

State

Administered by the Center for Sustainable Energy for the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) provides monetary rebates of up to $2,500 for the purchase or lease of new electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles

Low Income Customers: An additional $2,000 rebate is available to customers with household incomes ≤ 300% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Those replacing their older, high-polluting vehicle with an electric vehicle are eligible to receive an additional $9,500 rebate, for a total of $14,000 through the Replace Your Ride program. To learn more, visit the Replace Your Ride website or download the flyer.

Carpool Lane Sticker: Qualifying PEV and Plug-In Hybrid EV owners are eligible to ride in the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane by obtaining a Clean Air Vehicle (CAV) sticker. A limited number of “Green Stickers” are available for plug in hybrids, and an unlimited number of “White Stickers” are available for electric-only vehicles.

Ride for Free in Toll Lanes: Vehicles displaying a DMV-issued white or green CAV sticker may be able to use ExpressLanes toll-free with a switchable FasTrak Flex on the “3+ person carpool” setting.

Additional Resources

Download a factsheet on available EV incentives, brought to you by Environment California Research & Policy Center in English and Spanish.