Del Mar council considers car charging stations

By Claire Harlin

Implementing electric vehicle charging stations is something the Del Mar City Council is considering, but no action has been taken at this time.

In July, the council received a presentation from the Sustainability Advisory Board about an opportunity to get funding to install charging stations through ECOtality, Inc., an Arizona-based company. Since then, city staff explored possible locations and came up with three: the 21st Street pump station, the new 17th street Beach Safety Center and the existing Del Mar TV Studio.

The stations would charge a minimum rate of $2 per hour and the City would split profits with ECOtality.

The company offers a credit of $2,500 per unit, but after exploring possibilities, the city determined that credit won’t cover all costs, even when looking into the most cost-effective locations. The city would have to use $5,000 of reserve money to complete the project, which would include two units at each location.

Council members expressed concern that the proposed locations are not in areas that allow easy access to recreational and commercial points of interest.

Council member Marc Filanc brought up the possibility of purchasing the charging units independently of ECOtality.

Planning and Community Development Director Kathy Garcia pointed out that a green building code adopted earlier this year will require alternative parking at the new Beach Safety Center, so either way, the City will have to explore such options.