Tesla, Pasadena to install 44 fast-chargers for electric cars atop parking
garage; may be largest charging plaza in western U.S.
March 8, 2019 Steve Scauzillo
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Tesla Motors and the city of Pasadena want to add 44 electric car chargers
to this parking structure on the northwest corner of Marengo Avenue and East
Green Street. They want to create The Marengo Charge Plaza here, on the
rooftop level shown half-empty on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (Photo by Steve
In this June 24, 2017, file photo, a Telsa Model 3 car recharges at a Tesla
charging station at Cochran Commons shopping center in Charlotte, N.C. Tesla
plans on building 24 fast chargers that can give a car 80 percent charge in
30 minutes atop a Pasadena parking garage. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
a car parked in a parking lot: The rooftop level of the Marengo Avenue
parking garage between Old Pasadena and Paseo Colorado, looking northwest on
Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Soon to become one of the largest electric
charging groupings in the country. (Photo by Steve Scauzillo/SCNG). The
rooftop level of the Marengo Avenue parking garage between Old Pasadena and
Paseo Colorado, looking northwest on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Soon to
become one of the largest electric charging groupings in the country. (Photo
by Steve Scauzillo/SCNG)
Tesla is teaming up with the city of Pasadena to build the largest electric
vehicle super-charging network in the western United States.
The project will sit atop a parking garage near the city’s convention center
and two major shopping districts.
The leading seller of electric cars, also known for its banks of exclusive
charging stations along Interstate 5, will install 24 fast-charging plugs
and lay the conduit for an additional 20 fast-chargers for other EVs on the
roof level of a city-owned parking garage at 155 E. Green St., located on
the northwest corner of Marengo Avenue and Green, according to Margie Otto,
spokesperson for Pasadena Water and Power.
Completion of the project — expected by the end of this year — will
establish 44 Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC) in one place, creating the
largest public-access fast charger grouping in any urban area in the west
coast and possibly in the nation, Otto said.
A DCFC plug will provide 80 percent of an electric car’s battery power in
less than 30 minutes, she said. Charging rates have yet to be determined.
“We know it is an emerging trend,” Otto said of electric car ownership in
California. “Part of getting consumers to jump on board with electric
vehicles is making sure they have confidence the infrastructure is going to
Besides installing its own fast-chargers, Tesla has agreed to provide the
electrical infrastructure to enable the Pasadena utility to install 20
city-owned fast chargers, a $140,000 capital cost savings, according to a
report from PWP submitted to the Municipal Services Committee on Feb. 26.
The Marengo Charging Plaza will be placed on the rooftop level, which is at
best half full during the daytime. None of the spaces to be used for
electric cars are currently assigned, the report said. Otto said the
charging area would occupy about one quarter of the spaces on that level.
The entire garage proves 715 parking spots on five levels, including Level 2
chargers on the lower level.
“I think it is phenomenal that Pasadena is doing this. It will be a real
quill in their hat,” said Patrick Terrill, a resident of Atwater Village who
is working with the city of Los Angeles to add fast chargers. He said
Burbank’s Town Center Mall has 20 DCFCs on the rooftop of a public parking
Pasadena planners say the Marengo Charging Plaza would attract EV drivers to
eat lunch or dinner or shop at the Paseo Colorado shopping mall and the Old
Pasadena retail district while waiting for their charge. The structure also
is very close to the Pasadena Convention Center, which hosts numerous events
for out-of-town visitors and residents.
The city’s utility estimates it will see $500,000 to $750,000 in additional
revenues from electrical use just from the Tesla-only chargers.
Otto said the unique charging plaza coincides with the city’s efforts to
attract more zero-emission vehicles. Since last year, the city has awarded
500 rebates (ranging from $250-$750) to those residents who bought or leased
an electric vehicle, Otto said.
The city wants to reduce both greenhouse gases and smog-forming emissions as
part of its climate action plan. The city also supports former Gov. Jerry
Brown’s goal to reach 250,000 public charging stations in the state by 2025
and see 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the roads by 2030.
The project plans go before the Pasadena City Council for approval on
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