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New EV Charging Stations

There are new ChargePoint stations at Virginia Avenue Park, The Civic Center Solar Port, and the Santa Monica Pier. New to ChargePoint Stations? Create an account, download the app, and receive your free ChargePoint RFID card here

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Click here to participate in the Santa Monica Neighborhood EV Charging Survey.

EV Charging Waitlist System - How does this work?

You may have noticed that there is a Waitlist system at the new ChargePoint stations located at Virginia Avenue Park (Virginia Ave. side) and on Montana Avenue. The goal of this system is to save EV drivers time by helping to ensure that a station is available when they show up to charge. We recognize the system is not perfect and are working to reduce lag times between users. If you are unfamiliar with how to use this system, please refer to the ChargePoint Waitlist FAQs, Video, and details below for reference.

First, make sure to turn on notifications (in the app, go to the main menu and select Account, then choose Notifications) to receive updates about your place in line. Here's how to get in line:

  • When all stations are in use, click Join Waitlist from the map view in the ChargePoint app or tap your phone or card at a station.
  • When a spot opens up, you'll receive a text and app notification.
  • Accept the spot and it'll be held for you for fifteen minutes.
  • If you're busy, hit Snooze to let the next person have the spot (but keep your place in line).
  • If you don't need a charge anymore, just Leave Waitlist.

When it's time to move your vehicle, you'll receive a text notification.  

Waitlist Settings 

Time to Respond to
Session Notification

5 min      

The time a driver has to respond (Accept, Snooze, or Remove) when notified it's his/her turn to charge

Time from Accept
to Plug-In

15 min

Once offered a spot that the driver has accepted, they must plug in within 15 minutes, or the spot is offered to the next person in line

Time to Move When
Time is Up

10 min

The driver must move the vehicle within 10 minutes after the allotted time period or when the vehicle is fully charged (whichever comes first).

EV Charger Network

Charger Location  Address Total Ports 
Civic Solar Port 1658 Main Street 12
Civic Parking Structure 333 Civic Center Drive 14
Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier 4
Santa Monica Structure Place 7 320 Broadway 6
11th & Montana 1101 Montana Ave 2
Virginia Ave. Park      2200 Virginia Ave (Pico Blvd. side) 3
Virginia Ave. Park 2200 Virginia Ave (Virginia Ave. side) 2
Santa Monica Airport 3223 Donald Douglas Loop South 4
Parking Structure 6 1431 2nd Street 30
Parking Structure 9 1136 4th Street 4
Lot 7      1217 Euclid Street 4

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Priority Parking Rules:

Properly displayed, current and valid RED, GREEN and WHITE Clean Air Vehicle decals & ZEV decals allow you to park at any on-street, metered parking space in Santa Monica without charge for the maximum amount of time allowed by that meter.  In other words, if you're at a 2-hour meter, you can park there free for 2 hours-but beyond that, you're subject to ticketing for overstaying your welcome. Please always look for any other restrictions.  WHITE, GREEN and RED clean air decals are currently valid through January 1, 2019. In March 2018, the DMV began issuing red decals for qualifying ultra-low emission vehicles.  Clean Air Vehicle decals are issued by the state of California DMV 




Are You Plug-in Ready?

The electrical utility serving Santa Monica, Southern California Edison, has a library of resources to help consumers Get Ready to Plug-In.
The prevailing wisdom from pundits in the "green media" is that California will play a leading role ushering in widespread adoption of electric cars in the United States and abroad. So for all early-adopters and those in the vanguard of the environmentally responsible, this is a great time to lead by example.

Last updated: Monday, 11/12/2018

EV Action Plan


We're working hard to expand and improve our charging infrastructure to help you drive clean. EV Action Plan ADOPTED 5MB pdf symbol  

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