RePower LA is fighting for equitable distribution of LADWP-owned, publicly accessible electric vehicle quick chargers. We envision a city where there are an equal number of public electric vehicle quick chargers in Boyle Heights as in Bel-Air; in Pacoima and in the Palisades; in South LA and in Sherman Oaks.
Not only do electric vehicles help reduce air pollution and fossil fuel consumption, they can also help drivers save almost $900 a year in fuel and maintenance costs. Electric vehicles will be a key way for Californians to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also better utilizing solar on our power grid. But in low-income neighborhoods, finding a place to quickly and efficiently charge your vehicle can be nearly impossible.
Thanks to the Equity Metrics Data Initiative, which RePower pushed the LADWP to implement, we now have data that demonstrates the unequal distribution of DWP’s electric vehicle quick chargers. As LADWP continues to install 10,000 new chargers around the city, we will making sure they are prioritized and installed in all neighborhoods —not just the wealthy ones.
Future priorities will include:
- 10k chargers in 5 years
- Provide list of 250 sites in the city to LADWP