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EV-Friendly Locales in SoCal?

phaheem

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Jul 4, 2019
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I think this is a good topic and worthy of a constant-update/input/feedback from the TMC community - what locales in Southern California are EV-friendly? I.e., shopping/dining/entertainment areas that have EV chargers, parking, etc...

I’ll start with Old Towne Orange (in the city of Orange, CA, obviously). This is a very walkable area with plenty of great restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, bars, and shops, with ample charging stations. The amount of time you could spend here enables you to charge your car for a good amount of time. The city recently erected a brand new free, covered public parking structure in Old Towne with several ChargePoint stations and designated “clean air vehicle” parking without chargers. There are two Tesla-only chargers near the restaurant Haven. The Civic Center (also in Old Towne) has free public parking with ChargePoint Stations. Chapman University (on the north end of Old Towne) has dozens of ChargePoint stations too - though you need a university permit to park there. About two miles from Old Towne is the Santa Ana Superchargers.

The Irvine Spectrum also has a lot of chargers, but unlike Old Towne Orange, the chargers are usually always occupied.

Where else do you all suggest?
 
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AEdennis

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Westminster Mall is CHARGING friendly, but the mall itself is not in the best condition...

Glad to hear about the update to the Chapman University chargers... Last time I used those was close to 4 years ago and they were GE Wattstation back in the day...
 

Need

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Santa Monica Tesla Supercharger is right by the mall.
Hollywood and Highland parking got a bunch of EV chargers.

Both of those are paid parking though.
 
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derkan

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The chargers in the Hollywood & Highland underground structure appear to be free, so if you are parking there anyway (and maybe get your parking validated), those seems to be a good option
 
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RubberToe

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Paseo Mall connected parking garage in Pasadena has 24 Tesla urban chargers plus 20 DCFC being installed.

A direct connection walkway from the roof charging area puts you right in the mall. Probably a dozen restaurants plus shopping plus a theater.

Going two blocks West on Colorado Blvd, you are in Old Town Pasadena. Pretty much anything you want there, including a Tesla store to pick up another one.

Supercharger - Pasadena (Construction started Sep 2019, 155 E. Green St., 24 Urban, 20 DCFC)

RT
 

Need

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Paseo Mall connected parking garage in Pasadena has 24 Tesla urban chargers plus 20 DCFC being installed.

A direct connection walkway from the roof charging area puts you right in the mall. Probably a dozen restaurants plus shopping plus a theater.

Going two blocks West on Colorado Blvd, you are in Old Town Pasadena. Pretty much anything you want there, including a Tesla store to pick up another one.

Supercharger - Pasadena (Construction started Sep 2019, 155 E. Green St., 24 Urban, 20 DCFC)

RT

This must be new or somewhat new. There used to be no supercharger along 210 fwy between Glendale and Rancho Cucamonga. I like Paseo mall but haven't been there since we moved out of Pasadena.
 

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