Adopt a Charger

Accelerating the adoption of plug-in vehicles via fee-free electric chargers

March 27, 2015
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Los Angeles museums offer Free Electric Car Charge Stations

The Kia Soul compact SUV has become very popular. It’s a small and useful car wrapped up in a funky shape, but the newest one looks and sounds a little different.

It’s the Kia Soul EV, a fully-battery-powered electric plug-in vehicle. The Soul is among the roomier electrics and can go up to 100 miles between charges. The base price is $33,700 before the $7,500 federal tax credit are factored in.

As the number of EV’s on the road slowly grows, so does the number of places to plug them in.
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September 12, 2014
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Free Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations Installed for Public Use at Point Reyes National Seashore

POINT REYES STATION, CA – Three electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have been installed at the Bear Valley Visitor Center parking lot at Point Reyes National Seashore and they are available and free to the public.

The chargers were installed by Sustainable Solutions Partners coordinated by Adopt A Charger, Inc. through financial support from the Transportation Authority of Marin Measure B Fund, County of Marin Community Services Fund, the Craig Matthew Childers memorial fund, the Electric Auto Association, and the Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association.
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August 15, 2014
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The California Energy Commission Awards $492,000 to Adopt a Charger To Install Electric Vehicle Chargers at 14 California State Parks

Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek State Park

Twelve of the most popular State Parks in California will be getting electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, thanks to the California Energy Commission (CEC) grant awarded to Adopt a Charger (AAC) at the July 22nd Business Meeting.  Match funds were provided for the project by sponsors; The Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, The Monterey Bay Unified Air Quality Management District, Google Employees, Southern California Edison, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  Sustainable Solutions Partners and PlugShare have both provided an in-kind donation of services, and Clipper Creek has provided match funds in the form of discounted equipment towards the project.  The EV chargers will be offered fee-free to park visitors, thanks to our generous sponsors. Continue Reading →

August 27, 2013
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Chevrolet Electrifies Malibu Creek and Leo Carrillo California State Parks with Free Electric Vehicle Chargers from Adopt A Charger

Two of the most popular State Parks in Southern California – Leo Carrillo State Beach and Malibu Creek State Park – now have even more appeal for plug-in electric vehicle owners with the addition of new, free charging courtesy of Chevrolet’s funding through their EcoAd advertising with CBS EcoMedia Inc. The two, 240 volt , chargers can accommodate up to four plug-in electric vehicles. The units were installed at the two parks by EcoMedia’s nonprofit partner, Adopt A Charger. Read more>>

August 27, 2013
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A viable business model for free electric car charging – possible?

Mostly electric car charging in the U.S. is free, as in zero cost to the consumer. There is of course a cost to buy the charging station, install it, get permits to install, etc. The businesses who install charging stations need to recoup their investment – there needs to be a viable business model for operating charging stations so that charging station networks exist far into the future. Electric car owners should not have their travel distance limited to a circle around their home that’s 1/2 the total driving range of their car. Read more>>

August 27, 2013
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Golden Gate Green

Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco’s Crissy Field is situated directly beneath the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. The urban park’s shoreline promenade, sand dunes, and long grassy field are ideal vantage points to gaze at clouds sweeping in from the Pacific, across Marin’s mountains, and past the landmark bridge. As of February 2012, the park has become a destination for EV drivers to recharge their cars while they enjoy the picnic sites, hiking and jogging trails, wind surfing, and wildlife viewing.

Powered in part by solar-generated electricity (with minimal contributions from three small vertical-axis wind turbines), and completely free to EV drivers, the Crissy Field charging station started with a spark of an idea from Adopt a Charger (AaC), a nonprofit created to provide free, accessible car charging in prominent locations. “If you look at a map of where EV charging has been placed, it wasn’t serving the most attractive and interesting places for EV drivers to go,” says Marc Geller, vice president of AaC. Read more>>