New Downtown Parking Structure to Host First Tesla Supercharger Stations in Ontario
The City of Ontario will install 17 electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations – including eight Tesla Superchargers – at its new Downtown parking structure, more than doubling the number of EV stations in San Bernardino County’s fastest-growing city.
The City Council approved the plan on May 18, utilizing $160,800 in grant funding from South Coast Air Quality Management District's AB 2776 Mobile Source Air Fund.
The eight Tesla Superchargers and nine Level 2 charging stations will bring the total number of EV charging stations in the Downtown area to more than 30, a significant step forward in meeting the growing demand for all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and the infrastructure to serve them.
City leaders believe the charging stations will be a catalyst for the continuing renaissance of Ontario’s historic core. Tesla Superchargers have been shown to attract monthly visitors in the thousands, while standard chargers also increase customer traffic to nearby businesses during the 45 minutes to 1 hour that most EV drivers charge their cars. In addition, apps that let EV drivers know about the location of stations offer information about businesses in the immediate area.
“The addition of the electric charging stations in our new Downtown Parking structure creates another economic opportunity for our burgeoning downtown, while also supporting statewide climate goals,” said Mayor Paul S. Leon.
The approval coincides with the May 17 groundbreaking of the nearly $10 million public parking structure, located at the northwest corner of C Street and Lemon Avenue and scheduled for completion in March 2022. The structure will support the future Downtown Euclid Avenue Mixed-Use Development, comprised of 150 market rate rental housing units and 6,000 square feet of ground-level retail. A total of 191 spaces will be located on the lower levels of the structure and available to the public and businesses in the immediate area, with the remaining 221 to be leased to the developer/owner of the mixed-use residential project. That project is scheduled to break ground in late 2021.
With its renaissance project, Ontario is creating one of the most vibrant, authentic and walkable downtowns in the region. Recent additions include 4th Sector, a city supported accelerator, incubator and co-working space at 404 N. Euclid; Birrieria Xolos at 105 N Euclid Ave; and, Starbucks at 507 N. Euclid. Opening soon will be a Mestiza Cakehouse and Café, and RA Stretch Yoga Studio at 200 S. Euclid.