Electric Vehicles

L.A. Tests EV Charging Stations Connected to Light Poles

April 10, 2017

Watts Neighborhood Council President Mac Shorty, Board of Water and Power Commissioners Vice President William Funderburk and LADWP Director of Power Engineering Marvin Moon charge up an electric vehicle at the new pole mounted EV charger in Watts. Photo courtesy of LADWP
Watts Neighborhood Council President Mac Shorty, Board of Water and Power Commissioners Vice President William Funderburk and LADWP Director of Power Engineering Marvin Moon charge up an electric vehicle at the new pole mounted EV charger in Watts. Photo courtesy of LADWP

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is testing new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that draw power from existing utility infrastructure. The Juice Bar charging stations, produced by Lot 78, use a bracket mounting system for installation onto in-place light poles.

In a statement, LADWP officials said they believe this is the first such power pole public charger in the country. The public utility noted the ease of installation, access to available power, and significant cost savings.

The City of Los Angeles has surpassed its sustainability goal of 1,000 public charging stations, including more than 100 on City property. However there is still a need for additional EV infrastructure. LADWP has a five-year goal to install more than 10,000 EV chargers, including 1,000 on city property, to support public and workplace charging as well as charging for residents of multi-unit housing.

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