Burbank Water & Power to Install 16 Publicly Available Electric Vehicle Charging Ports

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Water & Power (BWP) in partnership with the Community Development and Public Works Department is excited to announce that 16 publicly available electric vehicle (EV) charging ports will be constructed in the Community Services Building parking lot nearest the intersection of Olive Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard.

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Construction, to be done by Video Voice Data LLC, is scheduled to begin May 3, 2021, lasting five weeks. The parking lot where construction will take place will be closed during the ongoing construction. City staff, library patrons, and all other visitors can use nearby public parking lots in the area.

The parking lot will be partially open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays during regular public parking hours (see second page for parking alternatives).

The installation of these 16 EV charging ports are part of BWP’s goal to install 24 publicly available EV charging ports during the fiscal year 2020/21. Other ongoing installations include six curbside EV charger ports at N. Hollywood Way near Victory Blvd., N. Buena Vista St. adjacent to the Buena Vista Library, and W. Alameda Ave. near S. Main St., and four EV charger ports in the BWP Lake Street parking lot.

“The construction and installation of the 16 EV charger ports at the Community Services Building is an exciting site because it meets three key community needs including, workplace charging, public charging for visitors to Downtown Burbank, and residents living within walking distance,” said BWP General Manager Dawn Roth Lindell. “People who live in multi-unit dwellings often have the highest barriers to EV adoption given the lack of available EV charging stations.”

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For more information about this project and construction, please contact Drew Kidd at 818-238-3653.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Dear Fellow Burbankers:

    I am 100% in favor of making good decisions for Mother Earth. I am not in favor of the government controlling fueling vehicles or managing the infrastructure. The City of Burbank is operating at a budget deficit in excess of $15 million in this fiscal year.

    Burbank Water and Power has announced a major rate increase.

    Be aware that these “gifts” of public funds are paid for by taxpayers or ratepayers or both.

    Companies such as Tesla have posted record profits yet our City, which is in financial despair is not doing that well and that is because the City leaders keep engaging in projects that they have no business in dealing with.

    We have a Tesla dealership in Glendale, just one city away.

    What the City is doing is the equivalent of opening a gas station, and cities should let the manufacturers of these vehicles work out the charging station business.

    Remember that our City’s power grid is still energized by fossil fuels.

    I would prefer the City focus on basics. Our roads look like the backs of alligators yet they are spending big money on these pet projects that only affect a small number of Burbankers. It’s pure optics.

    Let electric car owners and electric car manufacturers work out their own charging arrangements without having the rest of us foot the bill. And remember that any tax credits the City receives are still our tax dollars “at work” as they like to say.

    We need to focus our City financial resources on the essentials and those are not being managed well.

    Did you know many of our Burbank City leaders do not live here? Our City Manager is not a Burbank resident.

    Let the City Council know how you feel and send an email to: citycouncil@burbankca.gov

    Our City needs to get focused on basics. And tax reductions are essential to the future we all will appreciate an enjoy.

    Electric car adoption is doing just find. The factories that make these cars will build the stations. Make them pay for them.

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