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    Interested in all the new electrical vehicles available?  

    Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) can curtail our dependence on oil, cut carbon emissions and reduce energy costs to fuel your vehicles.

    Plug-in electric vehicles are easier to maintain and cheaper to operate. The cost of driving a PEV is usually one-half to one-third of the cost of driving an equivalent gasoline-powered vehicle.

    If you are in the market for one, or just browsing, Pasadena Water and Power (PWP), along with other city departments and public agencies have assembled numerous attractive incentives to help drivers switch to cleaner electric vehicles. Also, the charging infrastructure is growing, thanks to cooperative efforts between public and private entities.

    PWP is especially interested keeping you informed about what you need to do to safely and efficiently charge your plug-in electric vehicle at home.

    To find out whether a PEV is right for you, be sure to read the Helpful Information below, and let us know about your vehicle purchase plans so we can make plans for grid improvements in Pasadena.

    The Experimental Time of Use Rate (TOU) program will only be available for customers who purchased or leased an electric vehicle on or before June 15, 2014. Please Call (626) 744-6970 for application instructions 

    To inquire about the new Plug-in Electric Vehicle Incentive program or add your name to the PEV Interest List before the program is available, please call PWP’s Customer Programs at 626.744.6970 during regular business hours or send an email to solar@cityofpasadena.net

    Helpful Information


  •  Charging Your PEV

    Charging on the Road 

    A number of charging options are already available on the road, and more will become available as market demand for PEVs grows and the charging infrastructure is developed.

    Not all charging stations are alike or compatible with your EV’s charging specifications. PWP recommends that you check your vehicle specifications for charging station compatibility before plugging in. 

    Pasadena Charge Stations

    Public Charging Stations in Pasadena 

    Southern California Charging Stations (Maintained by SoCalEV.org)

    Nationwide Charging Stations (Maintained by PEV owners and enthusiasts. PWP cannot verify its accuracy.)


    Charging At Home

     Plug-In PEV Home Charging Devices -- Plug-in electric vehicles can be charged at your home in either a 120 volt outlet or a 240 volt outlet, depending on which charging device(s) your PEV uses.

    120v "LEVEL 1" Charge: A 120 volt “trickle charge cable” comes standard with most electric vehicles. It looks like a typical three-pronged electric cord and plugs directly into a regular household outlet. To avoid circuit overload from other electrical equipment, you should charge your vehicle at a dedicated outlet (more in next section).

    As the name implies, the trickle charge cable charges slowly, taking 12-16 hours to fully charge a PEV. For that reason, PEV manufacturers usually recommend upgrading to a 240 volt “home charging station” and using the trickle charge cable only for emergency or “opportunity” charging.

    240v "LEVEL 2" Charge: For faster charging (4-8 hours for a full charge), you will need to install a “home charging station” that is hard-wired or plugs into a 240v dedicated outlet. A 240v outlet is the kind you would use for larger appliances like a clothes dryer. To avoid circuit overload from other electrical equipment, you should charge your vehicle in a dedicated outlet (more in next section).

    Your PEV vehicle manufacturer/dealer will usually offer the optional charging station and/or installation for an additional charge. Alternatively you can purchase a charging station from a third party and hire a licensed electrician to permanently install the charging equipment and a 240v dedicated circuit.

    caution plu - make sure you have a dedicated circuit for EV charging Dedicated Circuit for PEV Charging -- Whether you charge your PEV in a 120v outlet or a 240v outlet, it’s important that the outlet is on a “dedicated circuit.”  A PEV charger draws a lot of electricity from the circuit, so the circuit should not be shared with other electronics or appliances. Overloading a circuit with multiple electronic devices will cause the circuit breaker to trip or open.

    You can use a multimeter to test if your outlet is on a dedicated circuit, but PWP recommends scheduling a full evaluation of your home’s electrical system by a licensed electrician before charging your PEV. An electrician will be able to tell you if the outlet is on a dedicated circuit and, if not, what is required to install one.

    He or she will also assess your whole house electric service capacity to determine if you need a service panel upgrade to charge your PEV (more in next section).

    Service Panel Upgrade -- Every house is wired with a specific electric service capacity, or load capacity, which is the total amount of electricity (amps) a house can draw at one time from utility service lines. Homes with fewer or more efficient appliances and homes that conserve electricity may be wired for a smaller load capacity. Homes that use more electrical equipment (kitchen and laundry appliances, entertainment centers, air conditioning, computers, pool pumps, small electronics, etc.) need to be wired for a greater load capacity.

    Generally speaking, smaller or older houses may have a 100 amp capacity, renovated or new homes may have a 200 amp capacity; and large homes may have 400 amp capacity.

    It is crucial to know the exact load capacity of your home. The additional load from PEV charging may exceed your home’s load capacity. Overloading your whole house circuit will cause a power outage in your home.

    A licensed electrician can assess your home’s load capacity and whether charging your PEV will require a service panel upgrade to handle the additional load. If your house does require more capacity, you or your electrician will need to contact PWP to request an electric service upgrade. Call PWP's Utility Service Planning Unit at (626) 744-4495. 

    NOTE: If you upgrade your service panel and live within a City Council-designated undergrounding district, you will be required to convert your existing overhead electric service to an underground service. PWP’s Utility Service Planning unit will advise you if this situation applies. 

    Charge Right: At Night! -- Electricity use peaks in the late afternoon/early evening, putting stress on the local and statewide electricity grid. Since the rolling blackouts in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, people have become more conscientious about using energy-intensive appliances during "off-peak" hours (late evening, night and early morning), which helps prevent grid overload and power outages.

    PWP encourages PEV owners to charge their vehicles overnight, when there is less demand on the grid. Charging at night will help PWP to better manage power delivery and keep utility costs down. 

     Incentives and Rebates


    Customers who purchase a qualifying PEV may be eligible for the following incentives and benefits:

    • Federal tax incentives of up to $7,500. See IRS Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Credit (IRC 30D)
    • Rebates of up to $2,500 through the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, funded by the California Air Resources Board and administered by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE). Apply through CCSE.
    • 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. See a list of qualifying vehicles and apply through the California DMV.
    • The EV Project offers subsidies to commercial sites on a case-by-case basis for charge stations and their installation. Call the EV Project for details at 1-888-998-2546 or visit the EV Project online.

     Tell Us About Your PEV Plans

    PWP's PEV Survey

    As more people purchase PEV’s and plug them in at home, PWP will need to upgrade its electrical distribution system to keep up with the the added electrical demand.

    If you are thinking about buying a PEV, keep PWP in the loop! Please let us know when you might purchase a PEV so we can plan and implement improvements to PWP's electric distribution system to continue reliably serving all of our customers' electric needs.   

    Take a quick survey to help PWP keep its equipment PEV ready … 


    Return to the PEV Home Page 


     Who To Call

    Who to Call for More Information

    Public charging stations in Pasadena: Pasadena Department of Transportation, 626-744-7208

    Time-of-use electric rates for EV charging: PWP Customer Programs Hotline, 626-744-6970

    Service panel upgrades for EV charging: PWP Utility Service Planning Unit, 626-744-4495

    Permits for electrical work related to EVs: Pasadena Permit Center, 626-744-6646

    Vehicle purchase rebates and incentive: The California Center for Sustainable Energy, 858-244-1177