Summer 2012
by Jim Stevens, Facilities Maintenance Manager

Since early November of last year, the City has had six electric vehicle charging stations available for public use in the ‘downtown’ area. They are all part of a nationwide network known as ChargePoint America, and were provided to the City at no cost on the condition that they were fully operational by the end of that month.

The ChargePoint network allows members to use a membership RFID card at any of its stations. The cards are pre-loaded by the user with funds to cover the cost of usage incurred at a station, for example, each hour that an electric vehicle charges at one of the City’s stations costs two dollars. If a user is connected to the network via a smart phone, some desirable communication options are also available, such as station reservation or automatic notification when a vehicle is fully charged.

The accompanying graph demonstrates the total use of the six stations per month since they were put into service late last year. It is readily apparent that these stations are seeing increased usage with the turn of the seasons to summer.


charging station graph 2
If you have not yet seen any of these stations, take a look at the southwest corner of 6th and Main or at the corner of the Public Safety parking lot nearest Bell St. As electric vehicle charging infrastructure becomes more available, the City expects the usage of these stations will continue to grow.

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