Well, it's about time!

The city of Los Angeles just had its very first electric vehicle DC fast charger installed – an ECOtality Blink charger public station that can fill up a compatible EV to roughly 80 percent full in 30 minutes. It was unveiled last week in downtown L.A.'s Arts District, across the street from several restaurants. The crowd cheered as the fast charger was introduced and LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar paid tribute to the contribution the fast charger will make to the city. Other notables in attendance were Chris Paine, director of the films Who Killed the Electric Car? and Revenge of the Electric Car, and Paul Scott, co-founder of Plug In America and who is now in charge of Nissan Leaf sales at Nissan of Downtown LA. When the project's developer, Yuval Ben-Zemer, noted that he could have put gas stations where these chargers now stand, the crowd cheered.

The fast charger is sitting next to a ten Level 2 chargers in the downtown LA parking lot. These increasingly common chargers take as long as six to eight hours to fully recharge a completely depleted battery, making the fast charger much more appealing for drivers in a rush. Fast chargers are slowly being installed along Highway 5 in Washington and Oregon, but this is the first one in Los Angeles. Why would that be? Good question.


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      porosavuporo
      • 1 Day Ago
      That is a CHAdeMO charger, isnt it ? On US market, that would be compatible with Leaf and i-Miev ..
        Rotation
        • 1 Day Ago
        @porosavuporo
        Given that those comprise virtually all of the DC fast charge capable cars in the US right now, that doesn't seem like such a bad thing.
      Scambuster
      • 1 Day Ago
      Cost? Free? Accepts Credit card payment ? 24/7 availability? Lousy reporting.
      Paul Scott
      • 1 Day Ago
      The chargers were definitely being used, we just shot the pic while they were empty so you could see the layout better. The cost is free for now, but you pay $4 to park. Eventually, they will charge for the energy. How much is still being debated. Too much, and no one will use it. They have to find the right price point. No credit card needed, but you do need to get a Blink card and register it. Every time you use it, they'll charge your credit card.
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's weird to see chargers unused. Around here the chargers are getting a workout. We have two chargers near me and there are now usually at least 2 cars there trying to charge. Sometimes there is 3, with a vehicle using a 110 outlet alongside the other 2 vehicles using level 2. Also, I saw in Los Gatos there is a charger installed here: http://goo.gl/maps/7IjSY It's in that square in front of the pink beetle and Lexus RX. It's unusably right now really, since none of the 4 spots around it are marked for EV use, so they are full. Maybe that'll be fixed later.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Rotation
        It sure would have been nice to have a few EVs using the charging points for the photos.
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Day Ago
      These chargers are a hoax from big oil and will never replace petrol seriously. They invest less then a day of petrol profit and they lauph of desperate customers for years and years. If you want to be bash to the bone then try to use these chargers.