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Charge Your Electric Car Near Highland Park

Need to charge your electric car? There are several stations nearby to keep you topped off for your eco-friendly commute.

There's no doubt Californians love their cars. The Golden State accounts for almost 10 percent of all car sales in the country, The Wall Street Journal reported recently.

If you're in the market for an electric vehicle, you'll certainly have your pick. With its laws incentivizing car manufacturers to go green, California has driven the push for eco-friendly transportation. 

Electric vehicles can provide up to three times the power conversion compared to their gas-powered counterparts and boast an engine that operates more quietly and requires less maintenance, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To top it off, buying an eco-friendly car can net you a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

Though electric cars are more energy-efficient, you can still travel up to three times as far in some internal-combustion vehicles. Another thing to consider is electric car batteries are expensive to replace and can take up to eight hours to charge.

Several car manufacturers offer eco-friendly vehicles, including Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Ford, Nissan, Tesla and Toyota.

Some manufacturers are establishing their own charging stations hoping to lure potential customers. Tesla has built a network of six solar-powered charging stations from L.A. to San Francisco, according to Car and Driver.

Whether you're looking to buy an electric car or you already own one, Los Angeles County is full of service stations—including one near Highland Park—that will keep you charged for your emissions-free commute.   

Sure, you can charge your car at home, but why do so at your own expense?

Here is a list of local charging stations, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy. Stations offer Level 1 (120 volts) and Level 2 (240 volts) charging.

  • Occidental College
    Gilman Rd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90041
    Phone: 888-758-4389
    Electric charging types: Level 2
nonoise February 11, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Hope those with electric cars save up some money when those expensive batteries need to be replaced. And, auto insurance costs a lot more for electric cars than gas powered ones. So, with the money you save on gas you will need it for the batteries and auto insurance. Bottom line: There are no savings.
Tracy King February 11, 2013 at 04:34 PM
So untrue. First, you should lease an electric car now because the technology is improving so fast. Second, if you compare the cost for operating an electric car to a gas car, that difference pays the cost of the lease payment right there, but on top of that you get an immediate $2500 rebate from California, a $7500 deduction on your US income tax return. The cost of the electricity at your house if you charge it on a 110 outlet is maybe $15-30 per month. My car insurance didn't change at all. The battery is warranteed for 8 years on the Nissan Leaf. If you lease it, you never have the issue of the battery. You have no oil changes or other monthly maintenance. I figure with all the gas, oil, rebate savings, I am driving almost for free. Plus, the Leaf is really fun to drive!
Tracy King February 11, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Oh, and it is so much fun to drive in the carpool lane all the time if I want to.
Terry Jay February 11, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Nonoise has valid concerns. However, the batteries on my Chey Volt have an 8-year 100,000 mile warranty. My insurance went up some over my Ford Taurus, but that was due to increased value of the Chevy (not because it is an electric car). As for saving money, after figuring in the cost of electricity I'll save $2,000 per year on fuel costs. (On top of the fuel savings you could add the savings of only having to change the oil once every 1-2 years and the reduced cost of engine and brake maintenance). But for me, the bottom line is I have a car that is a lot of fun to drive and I feel I'm doing my (perhaps little) part in cutting our dependance on foreign oil.
Riley February 11, 2013 at 05:39 PM
The money I've saved on gas and engine maintenance more than covers the battery I see in my future. Although the current (no pun) one is still doing fine after more than 100k miles. My insurance does NOT cost more by any means! Sad that the older Priuses aren't allowed in the HOV lane anymore. NOT fair! ;-) One wonders about all untrue and misleading statements concerning electric and hybrids. It's easy to check the facts, and show them wrong.
Hillson April 25, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I love my zippy Leaf, but leased instead of buying for the same reason as Tracy King (and with a 36-month lease, you still get the CA tax rebate). My electric bill went up about $55/month compared to $150/month I was spending on gas for my old car (I also opt into 100% green energy through LADWP, which adds a premium to my bill, otherwise it would be even lower). Many insurance companies offer a discount for EVs now, but you have to be smart and ask. If you install a charging station and separate sub-meter at your house, you can also get lower EV charging rates through LADWP and other electric utilities. BUT do your personal math carefully on the cost of installing a charging station at home---most people don't actually need it (I just plug into a 110 outlet overnight, charges slowly but I'm asleep so who cares), and even with the many rebates currently available, it can set you back a grand or more depending on the location of your electric panel and other factors. Health issues such as the high rates of childhood asthma in LA were a big factor for me in going electric--more EVs builds a more livable city by cutting down local air pollution (and road noise, as the electrics are nearly silent).
KingSlav April 25, 2013 at 05:29 PM
So in other words, your electric vehicle is subsidized by taxpayers. That is despicable.
KingSlav April 25, 2013 at 05:32 PM
So instead of spreading auto exhaust in Los Angeles, you are adding pollution to the air children breath in nearby states where your electricity is generated using coal-fired power plants. Brilliant.
la-agog April 27, 2013 at 03:10 AM
KingSlav - Your objections make absolutely no sense.
la-agog April 27, 2013 at 03:13 AM
KingSlav - "Despicable" is a pretty strong word for taking advantage of a tax credit/rebate. Let's try to be a little more generous with each other, particularly if we disagree.
MaxUtility May 02, 2013 at 01:02 AM
King Slav's objections make sense, they're just wrong. He is right that the electricity has to be generated somewhere and that some of it is done in coal fired plants. Electric cars are not "emission free", they just don't generate emissions at the tailpipe. However, even a coal plant is a cleaner way to generate the equivalent amount of energy than burning gasoline in a car. Cars are not very efficient at converting fuel to energy. If all our electricity came from coal, the switch to electric cars wouldn't achieve that much. But less and less of our electricity is produced by coal every day.
KingSlav May 02, 2013 at 03:02 AM
This would make a lot more sense if California would pursue a large-scale program to build more nuclear power plants.
Hillson May 09, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Like I said, I opt into 100% green power through LADWP to avoid exactly the situation KingSlav objects to (easy to do, check your bill for how to sign up...). And FWIW, LA currently gets 39% of its energy from coal, and is aiming to be coal-free by 2025: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/03/22/los-angeles-to-be-first-coal-free-city-in-us-by-2025/ Charging your EV in other parts of the country, however, DOES have a larger carbon footprint than in LA. Great national stats on this here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/automobiles/how-green-are-electric-cars-depends-on-where-you-plug-in.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Hillson May 09, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Per the national USCS study: "a hypothetical Los Angeles Leaf would be accountable for the release of an admirably low level of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, about the same as a gasoline car getting 79 miles per gallon." Not so everywhere. Overall: "[F]or 45 percent of the United States population, an E.V. will generate lower levels of greenhouse gases than a gasoline-engine vehicle capable of 50 m.p.g. in combined city-highway driving. Cities in this group include the predictable — Seattle, for example — as well as the less obvious, like Buffalo or New Orleans. About 37 percent of Americans live in regions where a Leaf’s greenhouse gas emissions would equate to a gasoline-powered vehicle rated at 41 to 50 m.p.g. Some 18 percent of the population lives in regions with a comparatively dirty power supply, where the well-to-wheels carbon footprint of a Leaf would be the equivalent of a vehicle rated at 31 to 40 m.p.g., typical of models like the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra." http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/automobiles/how-green-are-electric-cars-depends-on-where-you-plug-in.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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