Best EV Charging Stations in Los Angeles, CA

Last updated: May 2021

According to Gov. Gavin Newsom, new gasoline-powered cars will be stopped for sale in California, and all new passenger cars sold must be zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035, so the CO2 emissions will be reduced by 35%.

The LA Department of Water and Power (LADWP) set a goal of 10,000 publicly available EV chargers by 2022 as part of its Green New Deal. Actually, as of January 2021, LA has 11,045 commercial EV chargers, already exceeding the goal.

LADWP has been offering rebates for the installation of EV charging stations to speed up the process. Up to $5,000 for a level 2 charger, up to $75,000 for a fast charger, and up to $125,000 for a charger being able to charge a medium- or heavy-duty electric vehicle has been offered. The chargers are installed on Power poles, workplaces, city buildings, etc.

On a city level, LA set a target of 80% zero mission vehicles by 2036 and 100% by 2045.

As of January 2021, almost 2,500 publicly available EV charging stations and almost 8,500 chargers at workplaces and apartment buildings have been installed for use in LA.

 

#1 Los Angeles Zoo

EV charging stations in Los Angeles Zoo

Address: 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Charging Network: Greenlots

Charging Power: 50 kW

Charging Plugs: CCS/SAE, CHAdeMO, J-1772

Hours: 10 AM to5 PM – Daily.

Cost: Free

Due to COVID-19, the zoo was closed before, but now the zoo has reopened for LA residents since February 2021. All guests, including members, must make reservations before visiting the zoo.

At this location, there are 6 Level-2 stations with J-1772 plug, one DC fast charger with CHAdeMO and CCS/SAE. You can charge your car while visiting the zoo. Tesla drivers can also charge their Tesla with the CHAdeMO or CCS adapters. So almost all electric vehicles sold in America can use these stations. One thing that you should know is that only one can use the DC fast charger one time despite two ports at the charger.

 

#2 Arch Dr Parking/Charging

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Address: 4261 Arch Dr, Studio City, CA 91604

Charging Network: Greenlots

Charging Power: 50 kW

Charging Plugs: CCS/SAE, CHAdeMO

Hours: Open 24/7

This charging station owned by LADWP is located at an alley that is behind some apartments. People who live in the apartments and own electric vehicles can charge their cars at this charging station.

The station with CHAdeMO and CSS/SAE charging plugs can charge up to 50 kW under the Greenlots network. So people can charge their car from 10% to 80% of capacity within an hour if they own a 50 kWh of battery capacity. As there is only one station, it may be in use most of the time.

 

#3 LADWP

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Address: 14061 Riverside Dr, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Charging Network: Greenlots

Charging Power: 50 kW

Charging Plugs: CCS/SAE, CHAdeMO

Hours: Open 24/7

The charger is located on the east side of Hazeltine Ave and the north side of Riverside Dr. The charging plugs are CHAdeMO and CCS/SAE, available for most electric vehicles on the market in the United States. The station is operated under the Greenlots network with 50 kW of maximum power output. However, the charger has not been working since February. As of May 6, 2021, it’s still been down.

#4 Playa Vista Community Center (EVgo Charging Station)

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Address: 12855 W Runway Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90094

Charging Network: EVgo

Charging Power: 7.2 – 50 kW

Charging Plugs: CCS/SAE, CHAdeMO, J-1772

Cost: Payment Required

DC: $0.27/min

AC: $0.03/min

Hours: Open 24/7

Website: evgo.com

The charging station is located in Playa Vista by Brookfield Residential, on the south side of W Runway Rd and west side of McConnell Ave. You can find “EVgo Charging Station” on the Google map. The EVgo fast charger can deliver up to 50 kW with CHAdeMo or CCS/SAE plugs. The charger also has a J-1772 plug which can offer at least 7.2 kW of power.

 

#5 LADOT Sylmar Metrolink Station (EV Connect Charging Station)

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Address: Village Way Dr, San Fernando, CA 91340

Charging Network: EV Connect

Charging Power: 6.24 kW

Charging Plugs: J-1772

Cost: Free

Hours: Open 24/7

Website: evconnect.com

This charger is a Level 2 charging station with a J-1772 plug, which offers about 6.24 kW of power. Four stations are built for use. You should download the EV Connect 2 app and register before using the chargers.

 

#6 LADWP

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Address: 1394 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Charging Network: Greenlots

Charging Power: 50 kW

Charging Plugs: CCS/SAE, CHAdeMO

Hours: Open 24/7

Only one charging station is installed, and the Level 3 fast charger, delivering up to 50 kW of power, is owned by LADWP. CHAdeMo and CSS/SAE plugs are available for use.

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