Why an EV?

For your health and your children's health

Scientists have detected huge disparities in traffic pollution among L.A. neighborhoods, with some of the lowest levels of traffic pollution in wealthier enclaves such as West Los Angeles, where the roads have more new cars with cleaner engines and fewer trucks.

Levels of ultrafine particles, the tiny, short-lived particles scientists measure as an indicator of recently emitted exhaust, are several times higher over in the eastside neighborhood of Boyle Heights, which, in addition to being carved up by a freeway interchange, has more diesel trucks and older, higher-polluting cars on its surface streets.



Because we have to get off gas-powered cars, federal, state, and local governments provide incentives to help us make the transition.

Did you know that people with more money are taking advantage of incentives for EVs more than people with less money? We need to make sure that everyone, not just the wealthy, has access to EVs.

Wondering about incentives for EVs? A great and comprehensive resource is cleanvehiclerebate.org/eng/community/savings.
And check out this one, too (although it is not comprehensive)www.electricforall.org/rebates-incentives/.

Interested in buying a used EV? LADWP can help with a $1500 incentive. Check out their Used Electric Vehicle Rebate Program.

Another great resource is replaceyourride.com. If you have a vehicle made in 2012 or earlier, check it out! You might be eligible.

Do you want a charger? You can get a discount from LADWP for a charger as well as a dedicated EV meter, which will allow you to save money on the electricity you use to charge your vehicle. Check out LADWP's Residential EV Charging Station Rebate Program.

AND THEN THERE'S THE CARPOOL LANE! If you get clean air decals from the DMV, you can use it, regardless of the number of people in your car! Learn more at https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/vehicle-registration/license-plates-decals-and-placards/clean-air-vehicle-decals-for-using-carpool-lanes/.

The cost

EVs can be less expensive than gas-powered vehicles because:

1) you don't have to pay for gas; charging is often less expensive.

2) very little maintenance is required (just for brakes and tires).

3) EVs are more efficient than gas carsEVs convert over 77 percent of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels. Conventional gasoline vehicles only convert about 12 to 30 percent of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels. Visit www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/evtech.shtml to learn more.

How much do you pay for maintenance and repairs on your current vehicle? How much do you pay for gas? How much will you pay to charge your EV?

The average price of electricity in LA is roughly $.195 per kilowatt hour (kWh). You can look up how many kWh/100 miles your EV takes.  Multiply the cost per kWh times the number of kWh to travel 100 miles and divide by 100 to get the cost per mile to charge.

Make sure, if you are running the numbers, to factor all this in.  Check out the US Department of Energy's vehicle cost calculator at afdc.energy.gov/calc to compare different cars. 

The ride

A lot of drivers and passengers love how smooth and QUIET the ride is. A lot of drivers love the pick-uphow quickly they can accelerate.


The charging infrastructure is probably better than you think, and it's getting better all the time.

You can call Chargepoint and/or check out their interactive map to find charging stations near you. Another good resource is PlugShare.

Why not get an EV?

  • You have to charge it, and we don't yet have the infrastructure. The range is typically less than what you get with a full tank of gas, and it takes more time to charge than to fill a gas tank.
  • Dealerships don't tend to promote them. Dealerships make money off of vehicle maintenance and, well, there isn't much of that with EVs.
  • Not all types of vehicles are available yet.
  • Car batteries die.


How do we overcome these barriers to make sure that we all are able to take advantage of the incentives available and breathe cleaner, healthier air?

Did you know that people living in apartments are coming together to help bring EV charging stations into their buildings? Check out this webinar to learn more.


Questions? Thoughts? Feedback? Contact Lisa Hart at lisahart@ncsa.la or 323.660.2780.