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Charge Your Electric Car Near Belmont Shore

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—including several near Belmont Shore—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?

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

  • California State University - Long Beach
    1250 Bellflower Blvd.
    Long Beach, CA 90840
    Phone: 562-985-4146
    Electric charging types: Level 2

  • City of Seal Beach - North Beach Parking Lot
    706 Ocean Ave.
    Seal Beach, CA 90740
    Phone: 888-758-4389
    Electric charging types: Level 2

  • City of Seal Beach
    120 Main St.
    Seal Beach, CA 90740
    Phone: 888-758-4389
    Electric charging types: Level 2

  • Hyatt Regency Long Beach - Valet
    200 S. Pine Ave.
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    Phone: 562-491-1234
    Electric charging types: Level 2

  • Brookfield West
    111 Ocean Blvd.
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    Phone: 888-758-4389
    Electric charging types: Level 2

  • Hooman Nissan - Long Beach
    1800 E. Spring St.
    Signal Hill, CA 90755
    Phone: 800-973-3689
    Electric charging types: Level 2

  • OMP Sanders Rubbercraft
    3701 Conant St.
    Long Beach, CA 90808
    Phone: 855-443-3873
    Electric charging types: Level 2
Dave Newell February 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM
When looking to buy an electric vehicle, consider purchasing NOT leasing. and you are able to find some time, watch this documentary about electric vehicles: http://www.whokilledtheelectriccar.com/
Shore Resident February 12, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Who pays for the electricity?
John Andrews February 12, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I hope no butterfly's are hurt when you drive your environmentally friendly "cough" car to top off your "Green" Electricity.. "Snicker" Just feel better about yourself because you are doing your part to make milk cost $5 a gallon.. That should really help poor children eat better..
Nancy Wride (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Good question, Shore. Will try to find out. Dave, do you know?
Dave Newell February 13, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Good question. I have seen that solar powered, government sponsored stations WERE free, but are now pay stations. Most stations charge varying rates, as there is no set rate in this open market. My advice to anyone looking to purchase or lease an all electric vehicle is: A) Ensure you get one which would only need to be charged once your daily driving is done so that you can charge it at home. B) Look into getting solar power installed for your home. You may think it is a huge expense, but no more than the purchase of a new electric vehicle. The money you save on the cost of gas, maintenance and repairs will cover the cost of BOTH over a ten year period. Which is one of the reasons why GM killed the EV-1. The maintenance was discovered to be add washer fluid, check the air in the tires, and maybe change the struts after four years. Think about it. There is no internal combustion engine, no transmission, no cooling system. The money auto makers make is not solely on selling the car, but in the service costs when you take it in every 3-4 months.
John B. Greet March 12, 2013 at 03:04 AM
"To top it off, buying an eco-friendly car can net you a federal tax credit of up to $7,500." Does it occur to anyone to question whether it is appropriate for the Fed to offer a federal tax credit for purchasing these vehicles? Through this tax credit, all federal taxpayers are helping subsidize these purchases. Do they subsidize the purchase of any other sort of cars? Why not? Shouldn't these products have to compete in the marketplace like every other similar product? Perhaps if the Fed wasn't busy creating artificialities in this marketplace by handing out $millions in federal tax credits to promote a political agenda, it could concentrate more on paying down our national debt.

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