Electric Car Trip From SF To LA? Take Note Of King City

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2012 BMW ActiveE  -  Driven in Monterey, February 2012

2012 BMW ActiveE - Driven in Monterey, February 2012

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It's no surprise that California is becoming the heart of electric car ownership.

Its weather, state incentives and even public attitudes make for an ideal environment in which to run an EV, and a healthy network of charging stations ensures that drivers can even tackle occasional longer trips.

Many drivers have already embarked upon electric car road trips through the state, but some routes are more conducive to easy charging than others.

BMW ActiveE driver Jack Brown has set himself the target of making it from the Bay Area to LA in a day, taking 'El Camino Real'--the Royal Highway.

The 600-mile route dates back to the California Mission system, between San Jose and Los Angeles. For an electric car owner however, it has one stumbling block--a hilly, 109-mile section between Salinas and Atascadero that brings those in 100-mile range EVs out in a cold sweat...

Luckily, King City could be just the ticket for electric car owners attempting a similar trip.

The Ciudad del Rey Motel and Trailer Park, located at King City, describes itself as "EV friendly" and offers chargers.

Unfortunately they aren't free--a charge costs $25--and you'd need to make your journey between 6AM and 8PM when the site is open.  But if you're doing a long journey and have nowhere else to charge, it may be just the location you need to extend your trip.

As for Jack Brown and his ActiveE, his night-time pass precludes a stop at the RV park, so he's taking a quick detour--but for other electric car owners in California, it's always useful to know a couple of hidden charging locations...


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Comments (4)
  1. "...The Ciudad del Rey Motel and Trailer Park, located at King City, describes itself as "EV friendly" and offers chargers..." Actually it has "50 amp" RV hook-ups that are 240 volt, allowing you to charge at L2 rates IF you bring your own L2 EVSE. Still a good back-up plan if the Hartnell College site is busy or you can charge at more than 32 amps. This site is good news for sub 100 mile EVs looking to make an interesting road trip.

  2. Thanks for the additional info!

  3. It's only a matter of time before smart business people start to figure out where the "charging nodes" should be to support drivers making inter-city trips like this. Travelers will be spending time at a place charging, getting out of the car, needing food, cool places to hang out, etc. that a wise businessperson could really take advantage of.

  4. Tesla Model S with Supercharger

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