Environment & Science

Charging station goes on line in Lynwood on Earth Day

Lynwood Mayor Maria Santillan-Beas and SoCal Edison President Ron Nichols at the opening of an electrical vehicle charging station in Lynwood on April 22, 2017.
Lynwood Mayor Maria Santillan-Beas and SoCal Edison President Ron Nichols at the opening of an electrical vehicle charging station in Lynwood on April 22, 2017.
Courtesy of Southern California Edison

The first in a network of electric vehicle charging stations goes on line in Lynwood Saturday in celebration of Earth Day.

SoCal Edison's $22 million "Charge Ready" program will install more than 1,000 stations across Southern California in 12 to 18 months.

Paul Griffo of SoCal Edison hopes Saturday's "Plug-In to Earth Day" event will encourage residents to drive green: "Expanding the adoption of electric vehicles is a very important part of helping California to meet state environmental goals. And that's especially important to cities along heavily traveled transit corridors like Lynwood, where people are breathing smog every day."

The pilot program will install charging stations at places like college campuses, workplaces and parks where drivers are expected to park for longer than four hours.

Once the pilot program is up, Edison plans to get a larger, $355-million-dollar program approved and expand the network to 30,000 stations.