EV CONNECT LLC Grant For Public Plug-in Vehicle Charge Stations at Los Angeles County Metro Transit Locations
EV Connect LLC will install 20 publicly accessible charging stations for electric vehicles at five different public transportation hubs within the area served by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. As carmakers begin to roll out all-electric cars and plug–in hybrids, Southern Californians will be some of the first drivers in the nation to have access to the new technology. Adding charging stations at Metro lots helps solve the range limitation of plug-in electric vehicles by offering a public transportation option to a charging opportunity. The project combines two of the lowest carbon emission transportation options, electric cars and public transportation.
The chargers will allow electric vehicle owners to drive to a metro station, park their car, take public transportation, and have their electric car fully charged when they return. The five metro stations chosen for the project include Universal City, epicenter for much of the entertainment industry and local tourism; the Los Angeles International Airport; Union Station, the train depot with connections to Metrolink, Amtrak, Metro Bus, DASH shuttles and other municipal bus lines; the Canoga transit station, a connecting point for hundreds of thousands of people living in the San Fernando Valley; and the Sierra Madre Villa transit station, a hub that connects travelers to local and regional transit services provided by Metro, Foothill Transit, and Pasadena ARTS buses.
EV Connect will provide its own funding of $23,096 for the project.
Southern California-based EV Connect LLC has over 40 years experience with electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. They will handle the installation and upgrades of all charging infrastructure for this project.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is the second largest transit agency in the United States and the largest transit agency in California. The Los Angeles Metro has a fleet of over 2,545 buses, 95 percent of which are powered by engines using clean-burning compressed natural gas.
The project will not only add charging stations but will serve as a pilot project to test the idea of adding additional electric vehicle infrastructure throughout the metro transit area. With more than 60 million passengers passing through these five hubs each year, the project could significantly raise awareness of electric vehicles.
Grant Agreement Number: ARV-10-006