EV charging overhaul under consideration

A presentation to the City Council by electric vehicles charging solutions company Willdan at the council meeting on Monday, Feb. 13 laid out a potential charging station plan for Culver City.

As ruled by Governor Gavin Newsome, 100 percent of new passenger car sales will be zero emission by 2035, so the time to prepare for the increase in electric vehicles on the road is now.

Willdan laid out a plan that identified a number of potential sites for charging stations, based on parking lot size, proximity to power, and ADA accessibility. After surveying local business owners, the cost is unsurprisingly the primary barrier when they are considering installing charging stations, and that is something the city will have to address. 

In conclusion, Willdan said that Culver City needs to, “review current EV infrastructure within city and establish/revise targets; continuing pursuing EVCS installation at city-owned properties, curbside, and electrifying the city’s fleet; most infrastructure will be owned and operated by the private sector, so city role is to encourage development through policy, funding and coordination; [and] outreach to private sites completed in evaluations to spark project development.”