Friday, May 25, 2012

Free Re-Charge of Electric Vehicles Continues at City Locations

Owners of electric vehicles who are members of the Chargepoint Network
can still re-charge their cars for free at charging stations owned and
operated by the City of Charlotte. As an investment in supporting the
use of electric vehicles, the City will not be charging users at City-
owned stations for a limited time, as it is covered by the Energy
Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. Motorists using the charging
stations can also subscribe to the ChargePoint network to reserve or
check the availability of the stations. Chargepoint is the primary
network providing charging station location and availability for
drivers of electric cars.

City of Charlotte charging stations are housed at the following
6 stations at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Parking Deck
5 stations at CATS I-485 Station Park & Ride Parking Deck
5 stations at CATS Mallard Creek Park & Ride
4 stations at CATS Huntersville Gateway Park & Ride
2 stations on North Tryon Street near The Square (in front of Starbucks)
2 stations on South Tryon Street near the Mint Museum
2 stations on South Blvd in front of the Circle at South End Apartments
Charging station sites located on City-owned property each include one
handicapped-accessible charging station space.

In addition to charging station locations owned and operated by the
City, charging station locations that are privately operated include:
Bank of America, 750 W. Trade St
Ritz Carlton Hotel, 201 E. Trade St
Wells Fargo Parking Garage (at the Green), 435 S. Tryon St.
Bank of America, 111 E. 7th St
Duke Energy - Mint Street Parking Deck R1-R5, 404 S. Mint St
Duke Energy - Mint Street Parking Deck L1-L6, 410 S. Mint St

The electric vehicle charging stations went online in April, in
concert with the debut of the City's electric vehicle fleet, which
includes Chevrolet Volts and Nissan Leafs. Area Chevrolet and Nissan
dealerships have partnered with the City in the Power2 Charlotte
campaign, helping to educate electric vehicle owners and the public
about the availability of the charging stations and electric vehicle
technology. Dealerships joining in the effort include City Chevrolet,
Parks Chevrolet, Steve Moore Chevrolet, East Charlotte Nissan, Modern
Nissan of Lake Norman, and South Charlotte Nissan.

To learn more about electric vehicles and the free re-charge program,