L.A. Zoo Partners with LADWP and Adopt a Charger, Inc. to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

CONTACT: L.A. Zoo Press

November 3, 2015



Media Invited to the Public Unveiling of EV Charging Stations – Wednesday, Nov. 4

Electric Vehicle Charging StationsPHOTO CREDIT: Tad Motoyama

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
PHOTO CREDIT: Tad Motoyama

The Los Angeles Zoo, in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
(LADWP) and non-profit organization Adopt a Charger, Inc., is excited to announce the
installation of one DC (Direct Current) Fast Charger and six Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV)
charging stations in a section of the Zoo’s public parking lot. The project, which began in May
2015 and was completed on October 29, 2015, hopes to promote sustainability and improved air
quality while addressing the need for additional public EV charging stations throughout the City
of Los Angeles.

“As our nation’s car capital — we have the highest per-capita car ownership rates in the U.S. —
Los Angeles can really move the needle on electric vehicle adoption on a meaningful scale,” said
Mayor Eric Garcetti. “By installing more publicly-available charging stations for E.V.s, we’ll
make it easier for Angelenos to switch from gas-powered polluters to zero-emission vehicles —
benefiting our environment, promoting a clean economy, and creating new green jobs.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainable City Plan set a goal for Los Angeles to reach more than 1,000
publicly available EV charging stations by 2017. The addition of these charging stations in the
Zoo parking lot moves the city closer to achieving that goal.

“LADWP is pleased to bring these EV chargers to the L.A. Zoo in support of Mayor Eric
Garcetti’s goal to expand the City’s EV charging infrastructure,” says Marcie Edwards, LADWP
General Manager. “The environmental and economic benefits of EVs are significant, and the
L.A. Zoo is an excellent location to help Charge Up, L.A.!”

Other Los Angeles City locations that have already installed Electric Vehicle charging stations on
their property include LADWP, Department of Recreation and Parks, Los Angeles Public
Library, and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). However, only three City properties offer the
DC Fast Charger, the fastest type of charging currently available for public use: LAWA,
LADWP, and now the L.A. Zoo.

“The addition of electric charging stations in the Zoo’s parking lot is a project that aligns with the
Zoo’s mission to support programs that preserve biodiversity and conserve natural habitat,” said
John Lewis, Los Angeles Zoo Director. “We wanted to give our guests more environmentallyconscientious
options for their vehicles while they are exploring the Zoo.”

While the chargers are located on Zoo property, the project came to fruition thanks to funding by
LADWP, which utilized funding from General Motors and grant money from the Department of
Energy to purchase and install the DC Fast Charger, and the non-profit organization Adopt a
Charger, Inc., who utilized the LADWP’s Charger Rebate Program and a grant fund from the
South Coast AQMD and California Energy Commission to install the six Level 2 electric vehicle

“I am grateful to LADWP and the South Coast AQMD for sponsoring the Adopt a Charger
installation at the Los Angeles Zoo,” said Kitty Adams, Executive Director of Adopt a Charger,
Inc. “You just need to look at the smog in the air to realize Los Angeles has a problem and
electric vehicles are the solution. Thanks to the L.A. Zoo, over 1.6 million visitors will see plugin
cars charging, and be able to interact with owners to learn the benefits of driving electric.”

Level 2 electric vehicle chargers are a 240-volt source of electricity that can charge a vehicle in
three to five hours while the DC Fast Charger is a 480-volt source of electricity that can charge
an electric vehicle in 20 to 30 minutes. Zoo guests, as well as the general public, can now utilize
the free electric charging stations during the L.A. Zoo parking lot hours, 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.,
as long as they own an electric vehicle with the necessary outlet.

Unveiling of the Zoo’s Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

November 4, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. Light Breakfast – 9:30 a.m. Program/Ribbon Cutting

Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
John Lewis, Los Angeles Zoo Director
Michael Webster, LADWP’s Director of Power System Engineering and Technical Services
Kitty Adams, Executive Director of Adopt a Charger, Inc.

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Media should park in the Zoo’s main parking lot in the far north section. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early as the program will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.

To RSVP or request photos, please call (323) 644-4273.

About the Los Angeles Zoo
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at www.lazoo.org.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the nation’s largest municipal
utility, having provided water and power service to Los Angeles residents and businesses for over
100 years. More than 8,800 employees serve the City of Los Angeles with water and power in a
cost effective and environmentally responsible manner. LADWP is guided by a five-member
Board of Water and Power Commissioners, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City
Council. LADWP is a proprietary agency of the city, with full responsibility for meeting the
electric and water requirements of 3.9 million people in Los Angeles. www.ladwp.com/EV

About Adopt a Charger, Inc.
Adopt a Charger is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes the adoption of electric vehicles by
installing EV charging stations at popular destination locations including Will Rogers State
Historic Park, The Getty Center and Getty Villa, The Natural History Museum of LA County,
and LACMA. Contact [email protected]


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