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By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | November 26, 2011
Eleven new electric vehicle charging stations will debut in Burbank this week, and until July 1, motorists will get to plug in for free. After the “holiday rate” - approved by the Burbank City Council this week - the price to charge a vehicle will be $2 per hour. But any other charging stations that come online after January will also feature a six-month grace period, according to the city. Burbank Water and Power officials settled on the $2 rate after surveying similar pricing across Southern California, but that could change during the three-year demonstration project funded partly by a $61,000 grant from the California Department of Energy.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 19, 2011
The first 100 people to buy an electric vehicle will get a $200 rebate from the city in exchange for installing a special socket that will help measure the potential impact of more cars tapping into the power grid. As plug-in electric vehicles become more popular, officials want to be prepared for the influx of energy use, so it's requiring all electric-vehicle owners to install a special socket that will measure the effect on the power supply, said Ned Bassin, assistant general manager of customer and support services at Glendale Water & Power.
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By Chris Wiebe | August 16, 2007
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Verdugo Park was a virtual test track Wednesday, as a noiseless fleet of electric cars glided over park roads. The event, held by Glendale-based Environmental Motors, unveiled what organizers called a “new generation” of cost- and fuel-efficient vehicles, designed for 25- to 40-mile trips. “They’re catching on, especially in light of rising gas prices,” said Joe Caracciolo, general manager for Environmental Motors. “If you want something for in-city use, these are perfect.
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By Zain Shauk | July 20, 2009
The concept of driving an electric car used to excite Richard Bardowell about as much as the idea of commuting to work in a golf cart. It wasn’t high on his list of things to do. But that was before the Glendale resident got his first glimpse of the Mini E, an electric version of the popular, small and quirky Mini Cooper from German automaker BMW. He was at the Los Angeles Auto Show when he saw it, and now, a year later, acknowledges his...
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By Veronica Rocha | February 10, 2009
GLENDALE — City employees are turning off lights, drinking room-temperature fountain water and changing their hours in an effort to save $600,000 this fiscal year. “If you look at the economy as a whole right now, we all have to do our part to make sure that we are doing everything possible to bring in a balanced budget, [which is] No. 1 for the city of Glendale, and to do what is right for the community, and that includes tightening our belts wherever possible,” Deputy City Manager Yasmin Beers said.
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By Jason Wells | May 22, 2008
GLENDALE — A small automotive dealer in southeast Glendale is leading a coalition seeking to create a new federal classification for its all-electric vehicles that would allow the cars to drive faster on city streets. Environmental Motors, which sells the diminutive electrical cars under the ZAP and ZENN brand names, has filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to allow the latest models to be manufactured and delivered with the ability to travel up to 35 mph. Currently, the ZENN models are already capable of speeds of up to 40 mph, but are electronically capped at 25 mph under federal regulations that classify them as “low-speed vehicles.
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By Veronica Rocha | June 19, 2008
GLENDALE — Glendale Police Community Police Partnership Unit officers are getting up close and personal to residents and business owners downtown. The officers for the past four days have been riding two Segways — two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transporters — to demonstrate to business owners the type of policing service that is available, said Glendale Police Lt. Gary Montecuollo, who heads up the unit. The Segways are on loan from Segway of Long Beach until today, but Montecuollo is looking for donations to the Glendale Police Foundation to help pay for Segways and bicycles for the unit.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | November 16, 2010
The dawn of the electric car age may be just around the corner. In the coming weeks local dealerships expect to show off their first all-electric Chevy Volts and Nissan Leafs. The vehicles will roll off production lines just as the auto market is climbing out of the doldrums. On Monday, the federal government reported that car sales nationwide rose 14.7% in October compared with the same time a year ago, and are up 5% compared with September. The all-electric vehicles are not on the road today.
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October 8, 2012
Speaking to a group of seniors at the Adult Recreation Center about healthcare reform, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Monday also took the opportunity to join a growing chorus of elected officials calling for an investigation into what caused the record-breaking surge in fuel prices across the state. Her colleague in the U.S. Senate, Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging a probe into whether something other than supply and demand played a role into the price hikes.
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By Melanie Hicken | October 27, 2009
CITY HALL — The Department of Energy announced Tuesday that Glendale and Burbank will each receive $20 million to help fund the installation of smart meters that track real-time water and electricity usage. Burbank and Glendale were the only cities in Los Angeles County to receive a share of the $3.4 billion in stimulus funding that President Obama on Tuesday said would support similar smart grid and other energy efficiency programs nationwide. The federal windfall would make up a large portion of the estimated $28-million cost of the electric component of Glendale Water & Power’s smart grid plan, which is estimated to come in at about $35 million for the system development and meter installation, officials said.
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By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | November 26, 2011
Eleven new electric vehicle charging stations will debut in Burbank this week, and until July 1, motorists will get to plug in for free. After the “holiday rate” - approved by the Burbank City Council this week - the price to charge a vehicle will be $2 per hour. But any other charging stations that come online after January will also feature a six-month grace period, according to the city. Burbank Water and Power officials settled on the $2 rate after surveying similar pricing across Southern California, but that could change during the three-year demonstration project funded partly by a $61,000 grant from the California Department of Energy.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 19, 2011
The first 100 people to buy an electric vehicle will get a $200 rebate from the city in exchange for installing a special socket that will help measure the potential impact of more cars tapping into the power grid. As plug-in electric vehicles become more popular, officials want to be prepared for the influx of energy use, so it's requiring all electric-vehicle owners to install a special socket that will measure the effect on the power supply, said Ned Bassin, assistant general manager of customer and support services at Glendale Water & Power.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | July 20, 2009
The concept of driving an electric car used to excite Richard Bardowell about as much as the idea of commuting to work in a golf cart. It wasn’t high on his list of things to do. But that was before the Glendale resident got his first glimpse of the Mini E, an electric version of the popular, small and quirky Mini Cooper from German automaker BMW. He was at the Los Angeles Auto Show when he saw it, and now, a year later, acknowledges his...
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | February 10, 2009
GLENDALE — City employees are turning off lights, drinking room-temperature fountain water and changing their hours in an effort to save $600,000 this fiscal year. “If you look at the economy as a whole right now, we all have to do our part to make sure that we are doing everything possible to bring in a balanced budget, [which is] No. 1 for the city of Glendale, and to do what is right for the community, and that includes tightening our belts wherever possible,” Deputy City Manager Yasmin Beers said.
BUSINESS
By Chris Wiebe | August 16, 2007
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Verdugo Park was a virtual test track Wednesday, as a noiseless fleet of electric cars glided over park roads. The event, held by Glendale-based Environmental Motors, unveiled what organizers called a “new generation” of cost- and fuel-efficient vehicles, designed for 25- to 40-mile trips. “They’re catching on, especially in light of rising gas prices,” said Joe Caracciolo, general manager for Environmental Motors. “If you want something for in-city use, these are perfect.
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