Environment & Science

Electric car chargers move from parking lots to curbsides in Burbank

Sean Aquino, Burbank Water and Power customer service supervisor and Burbank resident, demonstrating the use of a charger.
Sean Aquino, Burbank Water and Power customer service supervisor and Burbank resident, demonstrating the use of a charger.
Amanda Okafor, City of Burbank Public Information Office

Electric car owners can now charge their cars while grabbing coffee at Starbucks or when eating at Porto's Bakery in Burbank. The city has added 16 new chargers that are curbside and close to retail spots around the city.

The California Energy Commission gave Burbank $165,000 in grant money for the curbside project which could possibly be the first of its kind in both the state and the country, said Kapil Kulkarni, Burbank Water and Power electric vehicle program manager. The chargers are an extension of the 11 chargers that were placed in the city, mostly downtown Burbank, in 2011. 

"We want to have them where people are going," Kulkarni said. He also said that some stations would be close to family homes.

The parking spots will cost users 17 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) and 30 cents per kWh during peak times. Signs will mark when a parking spot has an electrical charger. Each space will have a two hour time limit.

"This program has really been exciting, just because it shows how Burbank Water and Power can deliver additional services ,whether you're a Burbank resident or just driving through town," Kulkarni said. "It's a win-win for customers and the utility, and we plan to continue doing more of it in the future."