The City of Ontario will install 17 electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations – including eight Tesla Superchargers – at its new downtown parking structure, more than doubling the number of EV stations in San Bernardino County’s fastest-growing city.
The City Council approved the plan on May 18, utilizing $160,800 in grant funding from South Coast Air Quality Management District’s AB 2776 Mobile Source Air Fund.
The eight Tesla Superchargers and nine Level 2 charging stations will bring the total number of EV charging stations in the downtown area to more than 30, a significant step forward in meeting the growing demand for all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and the infrastructure to serve them.
City leaders believe the charging stations will be a catalyst for the continuing renaissance of Ontario’s historic core. Tesla Superchargers have been shown to attract monthly visitors in the thousands, while standard chargers also increase customer traffic to nearby businesses during the 45 minutes to one hour that most EV drivers charge their cars. In addition, apps that let EV drivers know about the location of stations offer information about businesses in the immediate area.
“The addition of the electric charging stations in our new downtown parking structure creates another economic opportunity for our burgeoning downtown, while also supporting statewide climate goals,” said Mayor Paul S. Leon.
The approval coincides with the May 17 groundbreaking of the nearly $10 million public parking structure and is scheduled for completion in 2022. The structure will support the future Downtown Euclid Avenue Mixed-Use Development, composed of 150 market rate rental housing units and 6,000 square feet of ground-level retail.