Posted on 01/06/2021

Los Angeles meets goal two years ahead of schedule, giving the city the most EV chargers in the U.S.

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that there are now over 10,000 commercial electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout Los Angeles, meeting Los Angeles’ goal two years ahead of schedule and giving L.A. the most charging stations of any city in the United States.

“The clean transportation revolution is not a distant vision for the future — it’s a reality happening on our streets right now,” said Mayor Garcetti. “By meeting our most ambitious EV charging goals, we are making it clear: no pandemic can hit the brakes on our campaign to combat the climate crisis, and a healthier, stronger, more equitable and sustainable Los Angeles will be powered by clean energy.”  

With 11,045 commercial charging stations on local streets today, the City has now surpassed its goal to help install 10,000 EV charging stations two years early. L.A. is now ahead of schedule to meet future targets of 25,000 commercial charging stations by 2025 and 28,000 by 2028.

Installed with the support of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), 10,779 of the total EV charging stations are commercial Level-2 stations, while 266 are DC fast chargers (DCFC), which can provide 80% battery charge to light-duty vehicles in 30 minutes and can support medium and heavy-duty EV charging, such as electric buses. 

L.A.’s extensive charging network provides expanded options for the city’s growing EV community, currently estimated at 62,851 EVs. The deployment of charging infrastructure is instrumental in meeting the L.A. Green New Deal goals of 80% electric and zero emission vehicles in the city by 2036 and 100% by 2045, with 100% of City and transit fleets electrified by 2028. 

A large portion of charging stations were directly funded by the LADWP Commercial EV Charging Station Rebate Program. The program currently offers rebates to help offset the cost of equipment installation:

  • Up to $4,000 per Level-2 charging station (or up to $5,000 if located in a disadvantaged community).

  • Up to $75,000 per DCFC.

  • Up to $125,000 per charging station for medium- and heavy-duty EVs. 

As of January 1, LADWP has issued 8,157 rebates, with over 60% going toward multi-unit dwellings. 

“LADWP is committed to supporting the largest EV community in the U.S. by rapidly increasing Los Angeles’ commercial charging infrastructure and creating a robust charging experience for residents and visitors alike,” said LADWP General Manager and Chief Engineer Martin L. Adams. “We are proud to have completed our goal two years early and are looking for other innovative solutions to further expand EV charging so that every EV owner can have convenient, accessible fueling options anywhere in our city.”

Other City of Los Angeles agencies, such as the Bureau of Street Lighting, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of General Services, have installed a total of 1,344 charging stations funded through LADWP’s Commercial EV Charging Station Rebate Program, shared grant funding, or direct funding from LADWP. On top of those steps, LADWP has supported the Bureau of Street Lighting’s efforts to install 430 streetlight EV charging stations across the city.

To uphold his commitment to equity in every facet of the Green New Deal, the Mayor also instructed LADWP to work on increasing the rebate for income-qualified customers who purchase used EVs. LADWP’s current used EV rebate program provides up to $1,500 toward the purchase of a used battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle. 

Under Mayor Garcetti’s leadership, Los Angeles has pursued one of the most aggressive clean transportation agendas in the world. As chair of the Metro Board, Mayor Garcetti directed the agency to adopt a comprehensive plan to transition its bus fleet to 100% zero emission by 2030 — making it the largest American transportation agency to embrace such a standard. To meet that goal, Metro is set to finish electrifying the G line (formerly the Orange Line) in the first quarter of this year and plans to convert the J Line (formerly the Silver Line) to electric buses by early 2022.

Last spring, Mayor Garcetti celebrated LADOT’s purchase of 155 electric buses for the City’s bus fleet. The record-breaking order includes measures to make LADOT’s bus fleet entirely emissions-free in time for the opening ceremonies of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.