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Multifamily Housing and the Challenge of Charging an Electric Car

Public meeting to discuss electric car charging for multifamily housing residents in Santa Monica January 31st.

Published: 20-Jan-2011

SANTA MONICA, CA --How can condo and apartment dwellers charge their electric cars without a home garage? To answer the question, Santa Monica Nissan will present a free public panel about Electric Vehicle (EV) charging for multifamily housing residents on Monday, Jan. 31, 6:30-9 p.m., at Santa Monica Public Library, Main Branch.

Only last month, in a historic transformation of the transportation industry, Nissan began to deliver the first mass-marketed EV, its all-electric LEAF. Homeowners who purchased or leased the cars are having chargers installed in their garages. But policies and practices for installing these high voltage chargers in multi-family dwellings are just now evolving nationwide.

“I get questions about this almost daily,” says Paul Scott, a national EV expert who sells the LEAF at Santa Monica Nissan. “Our panel will provide immediate solutions to some of the challenges surrounding charging options for multifamily housing residents and offer suggestions for progress going forward.”

Panelists will include representatives from Southern California Edison, The City of Santa Monica Building and Safety Division, and Coulomb Technologies, an EV charging-infrastructure company. Independent EV-charger installer William Korthof, who, like Scott, has driven an EV for years, will also participate. Scott, a co-founder of Plug In America, the nation’s leading EV advocacy organization, will moderate.

Admission to the panel is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, call (310) 403-1303. The panel will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Public Library, Main Branch, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 90401. For library information, call (310) 458-8600.

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