In addition to hanging ten, there's one more really cool thing you can do for free in the coastside California city of Malibu. General Motors' Chevrolet division, looking to gain some positive exposure among the surfer set, installed two free electric-vehicle charging stations at a couple of local state parks last week, Malibu Creek and Leo Carrillo State Beach. The cars will get a good view while they fill up on electrons, too, as the parks are just off the Pacific Coast Highway.

Between Chevy and its partner CBS EcoMedia, the stations will allow drivers to charge up their plug-in vehicles gratis for at least the next three years, after which point we'd rather be taking Elon Musk's Hyperloop to San Francisco at warp speed. Nissan also worked with Adopt A Charger to install chargers at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Music Concourse Garage in Golden Gate Park last year.

California has long served as the US leading edge for both plug-in vehicles and the stations that charge them up. As of earlier this month, about 1,400 of the country's 6,400 publicly available charging stations were in the Golden State, giving California more than three times the number of stations as second-place Texas, according to US Department of Energy figures. Check out the California State Parks' press release below.
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California State Parks Receive Free Electric Vehicle Charger Stations

Chevrolet provides service to Malibu Creek and Leo Carrillo State Parks
August 22, 2013

Malibu, CA (Aug. 22, 2013).-Today, California State Parks Malibu Creek and Leo Carrillo State Beach debuted free electric vehicle charging stations, courtesy of Chevrolet's funding through their EcoAd advertising with CBS EcoMedia, Inc. The funding will provide three years of free electricity to power the increasing number of electric, plug-in vehicles that visit the parks.

"We are very excited with these new plug-in stations, as they will serve the growing number of visitors to our State parks that drive electric, zero emission vehicles," said Craig Sap, Superintendent of the Angeles District for California State Parks. "Our Department is partnering with organizations to improve the way we serve our visitors, and to move into the 21st Century needs of people. We are very thankful of our sponsors for this project, Chevrolet, as we know it will have positive results.

Installation of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations is part of the "Cool Parks" initiative by California State Parks in an effort to address climate change, and encourage stewardship of protecting the environment and natural resources.

"The California State Parks have always stood for environmental stewardship, and I am grateful that Adopt a Charger can help them promote The Cool Parks Initiative," said Kitty Adams, Executive Director of Adopt A Charger.

The Chevy sponsored EV chargers at Leo Carrillo and Malibu Creek provide inspiration to visitors who want to reduce their carbon footprint. Electric vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45% compared with gasoline vehicles."

The newly installed EV chargers at Leo Carrillo State Beach are located in front of the Visitor's Center in the Day-Use parking lot, and are visible from Pacific Coast Highway. By "adopting" these chargers, GM becomes a Proud Partner of the California State Parks. California State Parks engages in statewide, regional, and local partnerships with a number of America's finest corporations. We have developed our Proud Partner program to allow corporations and businesses to reach out to the more than 70 million people that visit California's 280 state parks each year. These partnerships generate critical financial support that improves the park visitor experience, and helps to ensure that future generations will continue to enjoy the treasures of the Golden State.


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      Dave D
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, yeah, yeah....that's all great. But the important question is this: Who's the total HOTTIE, second from the left in the picture??? LOL
        Car Guy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave D
        Dave, you hit the nail on the head. The only thing I cared about in this story....................
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave D
        Alexandra Paul . . . well known EV advocate. You may know her from BayWatch and various movies.
          TIMMAH!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          Wow haven't seen her in ages. I think the last thing I saw her in was They Killed the Electric Car.
        Giza Plateau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave D
        I assume Dave knew who she is. But she is 50 years old and no doubt all kinds of married :)
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Hot is hot, and oddly, sometimes married men like seeing their wives....hmmmmm....lets just say I know interesting people. I don't seek them out, I just run into them randomly.
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave D
        If you google her name...she has been known to wear a bikini here and there...
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool. I hope they do this up in Northern California as well. Beaches would be a GREAT place for chargers . . . you often drive a long distance to get there and you are there for many hours.
      RC
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the kind of activity GM should continue. Kudos to them.
      lad
      • 1 Year Ago
      More poorly placed tax payer money for promoting EVs. What do you do when 6 EVs show up needing a charge? Yes, I know; right now, it ain't a problem. But, it can take up to 5 hours to charge an early Leaf at 240Volts. Space for two lucky people...a long wait for others who arrive late. If you want to do something worth while, install fast chargers along the interstates and put the money where it can be used better. I suggest you award the money to Tesla, change the plugin standard to the one Tesla has defined, which is much better than ChadeMo and SAE, and have Tesla build out the interstate fast charge network. It is painful to watch tax money being spent without a plan...and, it's what happens when you have low tech people making high tech decisions. The plans for charging EVs are a mess and especially in California where the Governor has lost the reins on guiding adoption of this technology. Our Governor needs to work together with people of vision not the greedy money grabbers who are only protecting their own turf.
        lad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lad
        Please remove the words "tax payer money" in the first sentence. Bad cut and paste job. Sorry.
      Kei Jidosha
      • 1 Year Ago
      Props to Kitty Adams and Adopt A Charger. Always out doing good work for the EV community.
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Campgrounds are a good place for chargers. Especially if there are places to go see during the day and you can come back and charge while relaxing at the campsite.
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