BY ROGER VINCENT STAFF WRITER
SEPT. 25, 2023
Olivia Simon enjoys a drink while waiting for her Tesla to be charged at a Tesla Supercharger station inside the garage at the Haven apartment complex in Culver City.
When city approval of a proposed $350 million skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles was on the line, project manager Hamid Behdad knew he had to give in to the last-minute demand of a planning commissioner to quadruple the number of electric vehicle charging stations in the condominium tower.
“When you are in the heat of the hearing in the last leg of the proposal, you aren’t going to say no,” Behdad said, even though he thought the requirement was overkill.
Today, with the Perla on Broadway complete and angling for buyers, Behdad said he is “extremely glad that commissioner forced us” to install chargers on 20% of the building’s parking stalls.
“If we didn’t have these 90 chargers, we would be in real trouble selling units,” he said.
A Tesla passes in front of the Haven apartment complex in Culver City, right, where Tesla Supercharger stations, Tesla Gen 2 and ChargePoint chargers are available for tenants and visitors in the garage.
Socially conscious housing developer Cityview is rushing to add them to its existing apartments, including a building with only eight units, Chief Executive Sean Burton said.
Cityview usually adds as many stations as existing buildings’ electrical systems can handle, he said. Properties that weren’t constructed with charging in mind are often limited in how much power they can supply to chargers.
A bank of Tesla Supercharger stations can be found inside the garage at the Haven apartment complex in Culver City .
“In general I think building owners are adopting more slowly than they should,” Burton said. “We try to be more leading edge on sustainability issues.”