Lafayette adds two EV charging stations
Last Updated: 15:23 October 23, 2013
The stations give the city three charging stations that can be used by the public free of charge. The city's first charging station is at the Lafayette Public Library.
The two new stations cost a combined $14,000. Eighty percent of that cost was covered by the Charge Ahead Colorado grant program, a joint effort of the Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Energy Office. The Charge Ahead Colorado program funded 37 public electric-vehicle stations in April, bringing the state's total number of public charging stations to 116.
The other 20 percent of Lafayette's station cost was paid for by the city's Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee. The city covers the cost of the electricity to make the stations free for public use.
"We're proud to now offer a total of three EV stations for our community," said Curt Cheesman, Lafayette's director of recreation and facility management. "Our goal is to support alternate transportation by reducing 'range anxiety,' or the worry that there are not enough charging stations to make EVs a convenient vehicle choice."
The station at the recreation center can charge two cars at a time, while the stations at city hall and the library can each charge one at a time.
Lafayette spokeswoman Debbie Wilmot said the city has no other public stations planned at this time.
"I would imagine that if those are being utilized well, and we can find other grant money, we'll consider adding them," Wilmot said.
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