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Please join us for the Torrance EVent Ribbon Cutting and EV Expo Ride & Drive on Saturday, September 12, 2015.


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:

- EV Survey

- Suggested EV Sites

- EV Status Map

- Planning Commission Staff Report - 6/06/12


    The City of Torrance is currently undertaking an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure study and we need your help!

    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 has a unique focus within the partnership; Torrance is concentrating 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 "1 Mile, 1 Charger" goal, staff is also working 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 is looking 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.  Recently, some gasoline stations have also converted some re-fueling pumps to E-85 flex fuel.  Publicly accessible EV-infrastructure, however, is 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, present an excellent opportunity to better comprehend the demands for EV cars and EV infrastructure, while 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 can "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 have decided to go viral, and allow individuals to submit their suggestions from anywhere.  The suggestions received to date have been compiled on this map and are available for your review.  Please take a moment to review the previously submitted comments and if you have a suggestion for a location, please share either the address or closest street intersection.  There is also the ability to submit a written comment as well.  If your suggested location has already been "pinned," feel free to submit the same site again, as the more pins are placed at a site, the greater the public interest is reflected for a particular property or area.  Staff can then use this information for EV infrastructure resources to be used in a manner that best reflect the public's interest in EVs.

    Thank You!

    Jeffery W. Gibson
    Community Development Director

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