In its continuing efforts to promote sustainability and be “green,” the City of Paramount has installed two electric vehicle (EV) chargers located in the Civic Center, on the south side of the Clearwater Building (16401 Paramount Blvd.), and the Sheriff’s Station (15001 Paramount Blvd.). With the help of the new EV chargers, the Clearwater Building is now powered with 100% renewable energy through the Clean Power Alliance.
The charging stations are available for use by anyone with an electric vehicle at no cost for six months, after which the cost will be reassessed. There are four “pumps” and their assigned parking spaces can only be used by electric vehicles, only when they are charging, and the charging cannot last more than two hours.
The City utilized grant money for the purchase and installation of the chargers and, partnering with South Coast Air Quality Management District, State funds to cover the monthly energy costs.
Since installation in August through the beginning of October, there have been 94 drivers who have used the charging stations for a total of 501 sessions. This has kept 2,323 kg of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere, which has the positive environmental effect of planting 60 trees and their ensuing growth over ten years.