Located on floor 1A of the parking garage, the recharging station allows electric vehicle owners to recharge their cars in a central downtown location. Two electric vehicles can be charged at one time. Charging will be free to the user, but they will need to pay for their parking spot during paid times. It costs about $1 to fully charge a vehicle, which takes about four hours.
The station installation came out of the Community Energy Plan budget, as one way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
I support the installation of the charger to assist residents who use electric vehicles as a way to reduce their own contribution to pollution. That said, electric vehicles won’t solve our larger transportation issues. If all cars on the highway were electric, we would still have congestion and time and productivity lost commuting. Our longer term goal must be supporting transit, building walkable communities, and bringing jobs closer to home so people don’t need to commute long distances.