The Burbank Water and Power Department (BWP) installed three dual connector Siemens VersiCharge Level 2 Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) charging stations in the Hollywood Burbank Airport’s Valet parking garage late last month. These charging stations are part of a Right of Entry Agreement that the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority and the City of Burbank entered into in 2015. In addition to these charging stations, that agreement requires the City to install one Level 3 DC Fast Charge PEV charging station at the Airport.
The City is installing PEV charging stations at the Airport as part of its objective to promote the use of alternative fuel vehicles to support sustainability goals, reduce environmental pollution and support the efficient use of natural resources. A separate, but related Right of Entry Agreement, allows the City to install and maintain a rooftop Photovoltaic System on the Authority’s Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC) to provide clean energy to Burbank’s power grid and further promote these goals.
The Level 2 charging stations are compatible with all plug-in electric vehicles and offer unparalleled usability, safety, energy management and affordability. Tesla owners will need to supply a public charging station “adapter,” which comes with the vehicle at the time of purchase.
“California is still in the infancy stage of electrifying its transportation sector and we are happy to partner with the Hollywood Burbank Airport to further that growth. The City and BWP will continue to promote clean technology,” said Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes.
The Level 2 PEV charging stations will provide a valuable service to the Airport’s Valet customers with electric vehicles, charging a vehicle in two to six hours. Customers do not pay a charge for the electricity; however, a nominal handling fee of $5 is added for this service.
“The Authority is pleased to have these electric vehicle charging stations added to the list of conveniences for our customers, providing them the ability to charge their vehicles while using valet parking at the Airport,” said Airport Authority President Bill Wiggins. “Any time the Airport can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector and partner with the City of Burbank to do so, we’re happy to participate.”
An installation of a Level 3 DC Fast Charge PEV Station in the Short Term Parking area is currently scheduled for 2017. That charging station will have the ability to energize an electric vehicle in as little as 20 minutes. It will be located next to a dedicated Americans with Disabilities Act accessible parking space with appropriate signage.