Newly Named Kia Forum to Add Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

David Shultz

David Shultz reports on clean technology and electric vehicles, among other industries, for dot.LA. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Outside, Nautilus and many other publications.

Newly Named Kia Forum to Add Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
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Inglewood’s legendary Forum—best known as home to Magic Johnson’s “Showtime” Lakers dynasty of the 1980s—officially has a new name. And after inking a naming rights deal with South Korean automaker Kia, the newly branded Kia Forum is also joining the EV revolution.


As part of the deal, the Forum will install new electric vehicle charging stations around the facility that will be free to use during the events, Kia America vice president of marketing Russell Wager told ABC7.

Kia, which keeps its U.S. headquarters in Irvine, is a new entrée into the electric vehicle space, having launched U.S. sales of its EV6 crossover SUV in February. Since that launch, the automaker has sold 5,281 units of the EV6 nationally.

While details about Kia Forum’s new electric vehicle charging infrastructure remain scant, a Kia American spokesperson told dot.LA that the venue is planning to initially install 10 to 20 charging stations, with more being added at a later date.

While the type and brand of the chargers has yet to be disclosed, the Kia Forum should have plenty of options if it wants to award the contract to a local player. Southern California is rife with EV charging companies, with the likes of ChargeNet, Greenlots, EVCS and EVgo all vying to supply the vehicles of the future with the electrons they’ll need.

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Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

When avatar startup Genies raised $150 million in April, the company released an unusual message to the public: “Farewell.”

The Marina del Rey-based unicorn, which makes cartoon-like avatars for celebrities and aims to “build an avatar for every single person on Earth,” didn’t go under. Rather, Genies announced it would stay quiet for a while to focus on building avatar-creation products.

Genies representatives told dot.LA that the firm is now seeking more creators to try its creation tools for 3D avatars, digital fashion items and virtual experiences. On Thursday, the startup launched a three-week program called DIY Collective, which will mentor and financially support up-and-coming creatives.

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Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

LA Tech Week—a weeklong showcase of the region’s growing startup ecosystem—is coming this August.

The seven-day series of events, from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, is a chance for the Los Angeles startup community to network, share insights and pitch themselves to investors. It comes a year after hundreds of people gathered for a similar event that allowed the L.A. tech community—often in the shadow of Silicon Valley—to flex its muscles.

From fireside chats with prominent founders to a panel on aerospace, here are some highlights from the roughly 30 events happening during LA Tech Week, including one hosted by dot.LA.

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