I did go to check out this QC. It is at 676 Mateo in the industrial area of eastern downtown Los Angeles. As I drove closer, I recognized where it was but I drove right past it. I looped back on Mateo to where there was a street level pay parking lot with an attendant. This lot is directly across the street from the Biscuit Company and Toy Factory condo lofts. There is also an eating place called Church and State. I asked him, hey are there electric car charging stations around here? And he said, yes in this lot! But he wanted me to pay to get in ($4 flat rate). I said, I just want to look at them. He still wanted me to pay. So I got out my wallet, prepared to pay. He then said, how long will you be? And I said 2 minutes! So he let me in without paying. Then he walked over to the back of the lot where the stations were and we had a very good chat about the stations, etc. There are 10 L2 Blinks along a back brick wall with good signage. Not sure if they are operational though I could see the logos were up. He thought they were not yet. The QC is a big Blink with 2 nozzles serving 2 parking places at the end of the row of L2s. It did not look operational and was cone-d off. It is a privately owned lot (a Mr. Ubaldi or something like that). It is basically open during the day, all days of the week but not sure about Sundays, during business hours. During the week, it closes at 3 pm and reopens at 5 pm and then on weekend nights it may stay open until 1-2 am. Night rates are $5 flat rate. The attendant did not think there would be a separate charge for use of the charging station.
All the stations looked very close to being operational to me. I plan to go back in a week or so, pay the $4 and take my sweet time checking it all out. As it was, I had said "2 minutes" so I did not want to press my luck with the attendant. We left each other on very good terms. He asked a lot of questions about the LEAF. I showed him the charging ports, etc. Nice guy.
Looks like another QC is going to be available in SoCal. Too bad it won't be 24/7.
Delivered: May 3, 2011
VIN: 1467 made 3-7-11
SL, Blue, eTec trim, EV project Blink
[purchased] as of 11-1-13: 25,000: 11 bars
Also have a PiP