Los Angeles Mayor Declares Target Of 1,000 Charging Stations Citywide

APR 15 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 12

Public-Private Partnership between City of Hermosa Beach and NRG eVgo Brings New Electric Car Fast-Charging Station to Popular California Beach Destination - Freedom Station(R) features first SAE Combo fast-charger install in greater Los Angeles metro area

Public-Private Partnership between City of Hermosa Beach and NRG eVgo Brings New Electric Car Fast-Charging Station to Popular California Beach Destination – Freedom Station(R) features first SAE Combo fast-charger install in greater Los Angeles metro area

Los Angeles is already one of the nation’s electric car hotbeds, but the city hopes to lead the U.S.’ electric car charge by implementing new plans.

Last Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti “released a broad-ranging plan that outlines his vision for environmental goals and programs in Los Angeles over the coming decades,” according to the LA Times.

The report lays out plans for increasing electric car and solar power usage.  Among the electric car plans is a goal to have 1,000 electric car chargers installed in the greater Los Angeles area over the new two years.

“The report calls for a 25% reduction by 2035 in greenhouse gas emissions generated by the transportation of goods at the Port of Los Angeles. It also envisions the installation of 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations in two years (about 100 of those would be on city property). One change will take effect quickly as Garcetti appoints 22 sustainability officers in various city departments who will report to Petersen.”

States the LA Times.

These targets/goals are mostly only on paper and in the preliminary phases at this point in time.  Eventually, the mayor hopes to get hisplans approved and funded.  The report laid out by the mayor is just a first step towards adoption and achieving far-reaching targets.

Source: LA Times

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Dual CCS/CHAdeMO is the way to go.

Public chargers are pretty useless 99% of the time.

I have never had to use one out of 18,000+ miles. I only charge at home.

Only thing EV’s need is fast chargers for trips, thats it. More fast chargers.

You basically have Tesla, which has its own charging network, and everyone else, whose cars charge so slowly that there’s no point in using public chargers — which, if you do use them, wind up eating up all the savings relative to gasoline, and then some.

Pretty much agree. The money would be better used to give some tax benefits to apartments with garages to have charging installed so residents have a place to charge over night. I’ve driven about 12000 miles with my Leaf with basically pure home charging (after I got tired of camping out at free chargers to try to get free fuel, not worth the time and energy) . I’ll use a public charger when it’s available, because why not? But I very rarely need one.

They are certainly NOT useless. I’ve used them many times when driving a long distance to a destination like a sports game, a city downtown, a shopping mall, etc.

But what they need is charging at apartments and condos where people live.

Public EVSEs may have infrequent use currently, but they are not useless. I think that the biggest problem is that locations aren’t always matched with the right EVSE level.

L1 is handy at workplace and long-term airport parking,

L2 at places you are typically at for 1+ hours (theaters, sporting events, parks, parking garages, etc) can be very useful.

L3 is handy along major routes at fast food chains, coffee shops, airport short-term parking, convenience stores, etc. That is, places where you typically are for less than 40 minutes.

I used to opportunity charge until Blink implemented a 140% rate increase last September. Now I only use them when I have to, and if their unit isn’t on the “blink.”

Those pictures of the Hermosa Beach DC Fast Chargers are pretty ironic, considering they have been down for a few weeks (had to take the gas car this past weekend because I couldn’t make the round trip without them).

If the LA mayor wants to do something really useful about charging stations then what he should do is pass a law requiring all new or remodeled apartment buildings to have all parking spots pre-wired for EV chargers.

Just require plastic conduit from the main breaker to the parking spots.

What is needed is for every apartment dweller to be able to plug in. That will do more for EVs than thousands of public charging stations.

Powertree Services (www.powertreeservices.com) is doing exactly that and expanding in LA. If you know apartment owners interested in hosting get in touch.

What most of the politicians don’t get is that it’s not just about quantity, but about optimal placement for users. What we need is fast chargers along major roadways to enable regional travel (dual CCS and CHAdeMO), a few L2 chargers at places like shopping malls and movie theatres where people may spend more than an hour (but not many of these). Then put the rest of the money into incentives for HOAs and apartment complex owners to install chargers for their residents, with an additional incentive if they choose to make these also available to the public.

“Then put the rest of the money into incentives for HOAs and apartment complex owners to install chargers for their residents”

This is a good idea. Perhaps the cities can do some things like waive all permit fees and provide anyone who will install some chargers at their apartment complex some incentives to do so.

Maybe create a ‘Green housing’ stamp of approval that can be given to apartment buildings that install EV chargers and do some other things on a list of potential things (like adding solar PV, insulation, etc.)

Second the “wave permit fees” thing, or at least put the fees at the actual cost for the city of inspections. Our permit system here is pure theft and is just used as a revenue generator for the city. Excepting charger installs would be a good step, for the entire state in fact.