Today we’d like to introduce you to Kitty Adams Hoksbergen.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started to Adopt a Charger as a 501(c)3 in 2011 to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by broadening EV charging infrastructure. Adopt a Charger works with State Parks, National Parks, museums, universities and medical centers to install EV chargers for visitors and employees. By installing EVCS at these high-profile locations, we enable the EV curious to engage in conversation with actual owners, who are the best salespeople for the new technology. We also give folks the confidence to buy plug-in cars by offering EV chargers at places they want to visit on a road trip. We focus on Level 2 EV charging, which adds about 20 miles of range per hour. We target destinations like Parks and Beaches where people routinely travel 40+ miles and stay for a few hours. Level 2 is more suited to long dwell time charging.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I am happy every single day because I am promoting what I believe in, supporting places special to me, and working with some truly amazing people. I receive so much gratitude for Adopt a Charger efforts from the EV driving community and all the amazing site hosts that I have worked with. I can’t say that there has not been struggles along the way. Adopt a Charger has been around for over ten years. Interest in electric vehicles has waxed and waned, but thankfully there is no turning back now. In the beginning, I had to convince site hosts to install EVCS because they did not see the demand. Fast forward to today, and Adopt a Charger has over 400 EVCS in 10 different states. What started in California has proven a successful strategy in areas of the country where plug-in vehicle penetration is still in its infancy and EV charging is difficult to commercialize.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My goal with Adopt a Charger is to enable 5 million plug-in vehicles on the road in California and to contribute to 30 million EVs worldwide. Because Adopt a Charger is a mission-driven nonprofit, we can do what is right instead of having to solely worry about the bottom line. One of the most rewarding outcomes of our efforts has been creating a community of EV drivers. Not a day goes by that I don’t get a kind message or photo shared with me by the EV driving community.
What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
When I started working with the Getty Center in 2013, I used to brag that they treat me like royalty. I soon discovered that their goal is to treat all visitors to the Getty to a world-class experience where they feel valued and appreciated. Something I have learned along the way is that the user experience is the most important aspect of my work. Adopt a Charger has partnered with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to install EVCS at the LA Zoo, the Getty Center, Getty Villa, LACMA, the Natural History Museum of LA County and Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. During these projects, I had the pleasure of working with Mayor Garcetti’s Office, DWP. LA Department of Building of Safety, and the LA Department of Transportation. The City of Angels feels like one big extended family. My least favorite part of working with the city is having to sit in traffic. I am an EV advocate but am a firm believer that efficient mass transit and safe bike lanes are essential to addressing climate change.
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- Website: adoptacharger.org
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LA Zoo Photo: Tad Motoyama all other phots courtesy of Adopt a Charger