The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday evening approved a no-cost contract for the installation of Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations at City-owned parking lots and facilities.
"Long Beach has a strong commitment to promoting sustainability and alternative fueled vehicles, and this partnership will provide additional electrical charging infrastructure throughout Long Beach at no additional cost to the City," Mayor Bob Foster said. “We are making it easier for residents and visitors to operate alternative fuel vehicles, and improving air quality.”
ECOtality North America, of Phoenix, Arizona, plans to install and maintain the approximately 12 stations throughout Long Beach, including City-owned parking lots and facilities such as the Convention Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Airport, Queen Mary, City Place Parking Structure, and a parking lot near Long Beach Boulevard and Market Street. The chargers are expected to be operational beginning in early 2013. Additional locations may be added in the future, depending on customer demand.
The proposed chargers will be Level 2, 240-volt and DC Fast Chargers, and users will be able to search for their locations through a cell phone application.