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Charge Your Electric Car Near Altadena

Need to charge your electric car? There are several stations nearby to keep you topped off for your eco-friendly commute.

There's no doubt Californians love their cars. The Golden State accounts for almost 10 percent of all car sales in the country, The Wall Street Journal reported recently.

If you're in the market for an electric vehicle, you'll certainly have your pick. With its laws incentivizing car manufacturers to go green, California has driven the push for eco-friendly transportation. 

Electric vehicles can provide up to three times the power conversion compared to their gas-powered counterparts and boast an engine that operates more quietly and requires less maintenance, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To top it off, buying an eco-friendly car can net you a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

Though electric cars are more energy-efficient, you can still travel up to three times as far in some internal-combustion vehicles. Another thing to consider is electric car batteries are expensive to replace and can take up to eight hours to charge.

Several car manufacturers offer eco-friendly vehicles, including Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Ford, Nissan, Tesla and Toyota.

Some manufacturers are establishing their own charging stations hoping to lure potential customers. Tesla has built a network of six solar-powered charging stations from L.A. to San Francisco, according to Car and Driver.

Whether you're looking to buy an electric car or you already own one, Los Angeles County is full of service stations that will keep you charged for your emissions-free commute.

Sure, you can charge your car at home, but why do so at your own expense?

Though there aren't any stations in Altadena now, that doens't mean there won't be in the near future.

Here is a list of local charging stations in nearby Pasadena, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy. Stations offer Level 1 (120 volts) and Level 2 (240 volts) charging.

  • City of Pasadena - Schoolhouse Garage
    33 E. Green St.
    Pasadena, CA 91105
    Phone: 626-744-7665
    Electric charging types: Level 1, Level 2

  • Caltech Building 124 - Wilson Parking Structure
    405 S. Wilson Ave.
    Pasadena, CA 91106
    Phone: 888-758-4389 626-395-5989
    Electric charging types: Level 2

  • City of Pasadena - De Lacey Garage
    45 De Lacey Ave.
    Pasadena, CA 91105
    Phone: 626-744-7665
    Electric charging types: Level 2

  • City of Pasadena - Los Robles Garage
    400 E. Green St.
    Pasadena, CA 91101
    Phone: 626-744-7665
    Electric charging types: Level 2

  • City of Pasadena - Holly Street Garage
    150 E. Holly St.
    Pasadena, CA 91103
    Phone: 626-744-7665
    Electric charging types: Level 2

  • Alhambra Nissan
    726 E. Main St.
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    Phone: 626-289-6161
    Electric charging types: Level 2

  • Caltech Building 66 - Holliston Parking Structure
    370 S Holliston Ave
    Pasadena, CA 91105
    Phone: 888-758-4389 626-395-5989
    Electric charging types: Level 2

  • City of Pasadena - Plaza Las Fuentes
    135 N. Los Robles Ave.
    Pasadena, CA 91101
    Phone: 626-744-7665
    Electric charging types: Level 2

  • City of Pasadena - El Molino Lot
    100 N. El Molino Ave.
    Pasadena, CA 91101
    Phone: 626-744-7665
    Electric charging types: Level 2

  • Calstart
    48 S. Chester Ave.
    Pasadena, CA 91106
    Phone: 888-998-2546
    Electric charging types: Level 2
rebel mamma February 11, 2013 at 04:43 PM
This is wonderful news! Electric cars are what we need, especially paired with solar charging stations.
Ivan G February 12, 2013 at 03:52 PM
I recall hearing that garages at LAX require you pay the parking fee to recharge your EV. Do these garages provide free parking for your EV?
William Korn February 12, 2013 at 06:33 PM
I think you're looking at it backwards, Ivan. Charging stations are an extra service these parking lots are providing while an EV happens to be there for the purpose of parking. Keep in mind that filling a battery with electrons (so to speak), given the current state of technology, takes a lot longer than filling a gas tank with gasoline. An interesting question, indirectly alluded to in the article above, is, "Who pays for those electrons?" As far as I know, there is no extra charge for using a charging station in a parking lot. But the electrons don't come free, even if they're generated by solar panels.
Ivan G February 13, 2013 at 04:16 PM
No, I am looking at it the way the story presented it. The story states: "Sure, you can charge your car at home, but why do so at your own expense?" If you have to pay for the parking, it likely is cheaper as well as more convenient to charge at home, and park somewhere that is free or closer to where you want to be.
William Korn February 13, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I agree that parking in a pay lot for no other reason than charging an EV is not cost-effective. It's hard to know what the author of this article really meant, but he did make the statement in the context of an EV driver's "emissions-free commute". To me, that implies that the car would be parked in a lot for the purpose of parking while its owner is at work. The current situation with EVs is very similar to the situation with gas-powered cars a century ago. They were faster, more efficient, and easier to maintain than horses, but the infrastructure to support them wasn't in place yet. As EVs become a larger part of the world's "fleet" of vehicles, the issue of how to keep them running will be worked out. Charging stations in parking lots is one way, possibly not the best way, to address the issue.
Brandon April 25, 2013 at 04:29 AM
We were working on a project that will have EV parking recently. I asked the developer, who normally pays for the charging? They told me most places you have to put a credit card in to hookup. Solar charging stations at home make sense to me, but if everyone had an electric vehicle I can't imagine that will be too good for the grid.

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