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Under the direction of the Mayor and City Council, the goal of the "One Mile, One Charger Project" is to facilitate the expansion of EV infrastructure throughout the City so that an EV driver is never more than one mile from a charging station within the City of Torrance.  As we continue working towards this goal, please use the map below as a guide to existing and forthcoming Publicly Accessible Electric Vehicle Charging Stations:

Charging Stations Location Map

Stay tuned for more to come..

Over the course of the past two years, an interdepartmental team has been working to facilitate the expansion of Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure in the City of Torrance in order to assist in the achievement of a 2008 Strategic Plan goal to "improve air quality" and to respond to the increasing demand noted at the existing EV charging stations at City Hall.  On January 27, 2015, City Council awarded a contract to ChargePoint, Incorporated to install, operate, and maintain publicly accessible EV infrastructure at six public locations: Wilson, Columbia and McMaster Parks, a Downtown Torrance Parking lot on Post Avenue, and the Walteria and Katy Geissert Libraries.   Grant funding for the project allows for the provision of two Level II charging station and one Level III DC Fast Charging station at each of the six locations with the exception of the Katy Geissert Library at the Civic Center, which would have one Level III DC Fast Charger and four Level II Charging stations under the grant.   The Ribbon Cutting for the newly installed infrastructure has been planned to coincide with Plug-In Week in September; while the EV Expo and Ride & Drive, an official Plug- America Event, was coordinated to bring further awareness to the City's expanding EV Infrastructure and help continue the growth in EV car drivers by offering test drives and vehicle viewings of EVs currently on the market. 

ChargePoint, Inc operated charging stations are available at six public locations:

Katy Geissert Library - Civic Center Complex

3301 Torrance Boulevard

One Level III DC Fast Charging Unit

Four Level II units

Columbia Park

18727 Prairie Avenue

One Level III DC Fast Charging Unit

Two Level II units

Charles Wilson Park

2200 Crenshaw Boulevard

One Level III DC Fast Charging Unit

Two Level II units

Downtown Torrance Parking Lot

1332 Post Avenue

One Level III DC Fast Charging Unit

Two Level II units

Walteria Library and Park

3855 242nd Street

One Level III DC Fast Charging Unit

Two Level II units

McMaster Park, Library and Police Substation

17537 Yukon Avenue

One Level III DC Fast Charging Unit

Two Level II units

                                  Torrance EV Study

Links to:
- Suggested EV Sites

- EV Status Map

- EV Driver Usage Patterns


    The City of Torrance undertook an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure study for the public's input on future locations of Electric Vehicle charging stations.

    In 2008, the Strategic Plan committee was formed by community members from all sectors of Torrance.  The volunteers reached a consensus that "stewardship of the environment" should be a priority, and "using alternative fuels" should be among our goals to accomplish that priority.  The City Council's 2010 Strategic Action Plan included various environmental initiatives, including key performance indicators (KPIs) related to the City promoting, facilitating and attracting alternative fueling resources to and within Torrance.  Also, in 2010, Honda developed the Honda EV-Fit program to further cross-sector collaboration with Google, Stanford University and the City of Torrance.  Each partner had a unique focus within the partnership; Torrance's concentration was on facilitating the development of an extensive Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure throughout the City with a goal of never being more than one mile away from an accessible charging station anywhere in town.  In addition to working internally toward the "One Mile, One Charger" goal, staff also worked with the South Bay Environmental Services staff to facilitate the development of EV infrastructure throughout the South Bay.  By coordinating such activities, staff hopes to provide recommendations for placement, use and operation of the charging units to installers, as well as coordinate functions such as permitting requirements and inspections to best facilitate the EV-movement.

    Why EVs?
    The City hoped to facilitate the development of the alternative fuels sector to promote job creation and lasting improvements to our environment.  Torrance is committed to reducing local Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and the development of alternative fuels is one way of doing so.  Currently, propane fueling is available at various locations in the city, including the City Yard (20500 Madrona Avenue).  Also at the City Yard is an operating Bio-Diesel Co-Operative and a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station.  In May 2011, Shell and Toyota Motor Sales USA, partnered to develop and open the City's first public Hydrogen fueling station.  Additionally, some gasoline stations in the City have also converted some re-fueling pumps to E-85 flex fuel.  However, at the start of this project, publicly accessible EV-infrastructure was considerably limited given the number of EV vehicles on the road and available for sale.  The Honda partnership, and the relationship the City enjoys with both Toyota and GM, presented an excellent opportunity to better comprehend the demands for EV cars and EV infrastructure, while also supporting the efforts to reduce emissions and support Torrance's corporate citizens.

    Public Involvement
    City staff developed an exercise known as the "Plug-(p)in Maps" where members of the public could "plug-in" a pin into aerial maps of the city to reflect their preferred location for an EV charger.  This exercise was completed at various environmental functions, such as the 2011 Torrance Environmental Fair and the 2011 Honda Employee Earth Day Fair, with much success.  In an effort to expand our public outreach, we decided to go viral, and allowed individuals to submit their suggestions from anywhere on our website.  The suggestions received to date have been compiled on a map and are available for your review.  City staff then used this information to determine future EV charging station locations so that the EV infrastructure resources in the City would be used in a manner that best reflected the public's interest in EVs.  The six EV Charging station locations that were constructed in 2015-2016 for the "One Mile, One Charger" Project were selected as a result of the public's interest in charging electric vehicles at these locations.

    Thank You!

    Jeffery W. Gibson
    Community Development Director

    Link to RFP No. B2014-30 - RFP for Publicly Accessible Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure.