City of Torrance Dedicates the First of Six Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The City of Torrance dedicated the first of six electric vehicle charging stations planned at libraries, parks and its civic center complex on the opening day of National Drive Electric Week. Four Level 2 chargers and one DC Level 3 charger were installed at the Katy Giesser Library-Civic Center Complex, while four Level 2 chargers and one Level 3 charger are planned for other sites – all with funding from the California Energy Commission.
The September 12 dedication was combined with an Electric Vehicle Expo and Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive to help drivers get better acquainted with plug-in electric vehicles available on the market and the network of chargers being installed around California. The Energy Commission recently invited public and private entities to seek grant funding to install electric vehicle chargers on major north-south highways to allow electric vehicle drivers to travel from San Diego to the Oregon border.
Since 2009, the Energy Commission has invested $38 million to fund 7,754 charging stations throughout the state. The charging infrastructure will help the state meet its goal of getting 1.5 million electric vehicles on California roads by 2025. It’s an important goal because 36 percent of the state’s greenhouse gases come from transportation.
“Electric vehicles are fun to drive, less costly to fuel and maintain, and help California achieve its clean air and greenhouse gas reduction goals,” said Janea A. Scott, lead commissioner on transportation for the Energy Commission.