Two Reports Released That Concentrate On EVs In Los Angeles (VIDEO)

AUG 18 2012 BY MIKE 6

The Luskin Center for Innovation, a UCLA based firm, released two reports, one last week and the other last month,that concentrates on how to reconfigure the current charging grid for EVs so that range anxiety is less relevant to EV drivers and owners. Previous studies from the Luskin Center for Innovation included high estimated sales for plug-in vehicles used by private individuals, but these two reports offer a broader picture of the complexity of EV driving practices.

The studies from Luskin Center are intended to help the growth of EVs throughout the greater LA area

According to the article from, range anxiety has been prevalent in EV drivers since a study by Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in 2009. TEPCO found out that their fleet of electric cars usually had at least a 50% charge remaining when an employee returned the vehicle, showing that individuals were constantly worried about the exact range left. Since the main charger was just located at their central fleet station, TEPCO decided to install charging points throughout the city. What happened next, almost immediately, drivers would return the vehicles with less power reserved since they knew an electrical source was available at multiple locations along the way to work.


Here is a picture depicting the building permits for installing charges in residential dwellings throughout LA from 2010-11. This picture was taken from one of the studies performed.


The first study from the Luskin Center for Innovation is named “Financial Viability Of Non-Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.” According to the study, the main purpose of this report is to assess the financial viability of non-residential EV charging stations in the LosAngeles metro area. The report will also take a look at important cost and revenue factors that impact cost recovery specifically for commercial site owners. Taking the site owner’s perspective, the report will account for the key variables informing the decision making process. Ultimately, the goal of the study is to provide site owners with a Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model that highlights the conditions that must be met in order for an EVSE investment and installation to be profitable.


Based on the information in the study, the Luskin Center came up with three different types of scenarios that will reflect the typical non-residential charging location:

Scenario A: Grocery store with parking duration of 0-2 hours

Scenario B: Mall with parking duration of 2-4 hours

Scenario C: Workplace with parking duration of 4-8 hours



According to the article from KCET, the study’s author calls for continued subsidies for businesses that install chargers, while encouraging retail outlets to consider the promotional benefits of charger availability. KCET also states the author uses caution that as improved battery technology increases electric vehicle range, the need for chargers per car will drop — though that seems a less crucial concern given electrics’ very low percentage of private autos currently on the road today in the greater LA area.


The second second study from Luskin Center that was released last month discusses the non-homeowner side of residential charging units, or the use of chargers in multi-unit dwellings like apartments and condos. Since the majority of these locations has to deal with tenant-landlord relations, the study has emphasis on ways to trying to figure out ways to either just viably ask to swap parking spaces to even reworking exchanging building codes to encourage charging stations. This study is named “Increasing Electric Vehicle Charging Access in Multi-Unit Dwellings in Los Angeles.”


To learn more about the study, the Luskin Center, and issues facing EVs in the greater Los Angeles area, take a look at the article from KCET or click on the titles above for individual links to the specific studies.


Here is a video from a study released last year by Luskin Center that discusses how L.A. will be a US leader in EV sales:

Categories: Battery Tech, Charging, General


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6 Comments on "Two Reports Released That Concentrate On EVs In Los Angeles (VIDEO)"

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Just drive an EREV like the Volt, no worries..


You must have went to USC since the UCLA based Luskin Center wouldn’t accept that CRAZY idea! I was thinking the SAME exact thing when reading through both reports…

I think this will be my canned answer MrEnergyCzar until it sinks in. There are many who can drive a BEV with no problem, but every time this issue is posted, which is about once a week, then your nine words are the most elegant response.

A month or so ago I opined that the Volt and EREVs that follow and dominate EV sales will decrease the urgency for putting in public charging stations. The more MrEnergyCzar’s simple statement sinks in with the public, the less push there will be on government to get involved.

My sense is that private industry/workplaces will take over the task of charging station installations. Leading the way will be companies with progressive management who understand the perk benefit of offering them to employees. What better way to attract young up-to-speed prodigies who drive cars like the Volt than to allow them to charge up at work so they can get back home. Perfect scenario for the Silicon Valley companies – work in the South Bay, live in SF or East Bay, or Santa Cruz.

All this connects up with another thought I’ve expressed before – that the younger generation car buyer should be priority one for EV automakers. Get them on board, and they’ll be buying EVs for the rest of their lives. And as I said above, they will highly value a perk such as workplace recharging availability.

Old video, referring to the Tesla Roadster instead of Model S. Over 20,000 Volts on the road currently, 880,000 to go by 2020 very possible.


I agree they need more charging stations. The charging stations at the malls are always full and there are at least six at the Grove (mall in LA) and six at the Santa Monica mall. LAX also has around 20 charging stations with free parking and that place is always full also. I am glad I have a Volt!