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Santa Monica Installs 24 New Beachside EV Chargers

October 28, 2020 9:04 AM
by Ariana Vito

Santa Monica Installs 24 New Beachside EV Chargers

Santa Monica is committed to expanding EV charging options to make it easier for residents, employees, and visitors to drive cleaner vehicles. Beach Lot 5 South (2701 Barnard Way near Ocean View Park) now has 24 new electric vehicle (EV) charging ports and two utility boxes-turned-artwork. The Level 2 (240-volt) ChargePoint chargers were installed by Southern California Edison’s Charge Ready Program, which provides funding for EV charging infrastructure to support EV adoption. To help recover operating costs, a user fee of $0.30 per kilowatt-hour is applied to charging sessions.

The City worked with artist RFX1 to paint the utility boxes and turn an eyesore into eye-catching art pieces. Residents from the Ocean Park Association helped review the designs, which incorporate sustainability and cleantech themes.

There are 150 City-owned public EV charge ports in Santa Monica, with more planned throughout the City envisioned in the EV Action Plan. Click here to see a map of existing chargers.

Replacing fossil-fueled vehicles with EVs is crucial to reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. Santa Monica aims to reach 80% emissions reductions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050 or sooner with strategies outlined in the Climate Action & Adaptation Plan. Electrifying transportation is a key component to achieving this target and is an especially green option in Santa Monica where nearly all municipal power is supplied by 100% renewable sources through the Clean Power Alliance.

As of January 2019, fully electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles made up 4.3% of registered vehicles in Santa Monica. There is a long way to go to reach wide-scale adoption, but this is a considerable increase compared to 1.8% in 2016.

Just last month, Governor Newsome issued an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035. Cities, utilities, and private charging companies throughout the state are working hard to add EV chargers in order to meet the growing demand.  

Rebates of up to $1,000 are available for residents of multi-family buildings and for small businesses through the City’s EV Charger Rebate Program. Additional funding is available for low-income residents and through the Air Quality Management District’s Residential EV Charging Program.  

To learn more about the City’s EV charging programs and policies visit smgov.net/electricvehicles.

Considering switching to an EV? Compare models and review available incentives at electricforall.org.

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