Mayor Toni Iseman launches the new Laguna Beach charging station with a Chevrolet Volt.
(Joanna Clay, Coastline Pilot / June 23, 2011)
At least, it can if you’re lucky enough to live in Southern California.
With more and more hybrid and electric vehicles hitting the roads in Laguna Beach, the city has revealed two electric charging stations in support of citizens’ green ambition. The stations, located at Forest Avenue and Broadway parking lot, the stations are free for the first four hours. The city paid for the installation. The equipment itself was paid for by a grant from the United States Department of Energy.
Following the big reveal on Tuesday, cars such as Teslas, Nissan Leafs (Leaves? You tell us!) and electric Mini Coopers made the drive up to Laguna Beach to check out the new charging station. Drivers were especially excited. “Usually you get about 50 miles and then you have to go ahead and go back,” said Matt Walton of Ventura, who drives an electric Mini Cooper. “The public infrastructure gives us the ability to extend the reach of the car."
Laguna Beach mayor Toni Iseman was excited about the new development. “Laguna has a reputation of being an environmental community and I think it was important for us to take a leadership role,” she said. “We’re thrilled to have [the charging stations]. It’s not just good for the environment but it’s good for the economy. I just had several people say they can come to Laguna now in their car.”
With new charging stations popping up every day, EV is excited to be getting closer and closer to our EV Safety Train-the-Trainer launch. If there are going to be chargers all over the country, then educated first responders shouldn’t be far behind!
- Angela Burke