Wednesday, October 9, 2013
People with electric cars now have a place to recharge their vehicles in the City of Georgetown.
The city has installed a charging station at the Orange Street parking lot.
Georgetown City Administrator Chris Carter said the idea for the charging station came up during a strategy session between himself, Mayor Jack Scoville and Alan Loveless, head of the city's electric utilities.
Carter said the charging station cost $4598 to purchase and install and was paid for from the Electric Department funds.
Right now, there is no fee for someone to use the charging station. Carter said it normally takes about two hours to recharge a vehicle.
The thinking is that during that two hours, the car owner — and anyone who is with the car owner — will take that time to shop and dine on Front Street.
“It can direct electric vehicle owners to our Downtown where hopefully they will become patrons of the businesses there while the car is re-charged,” he said.
Carter said the charging station will soon be listed on websites such as chargepoint.com and others which people with electric cars use to map out trips.
“A smart phone app can direct electric car owners to the location as well as inform Internet users of its availability,” Carter said.
He said the charging station is in testing mode but if it becomes popular the city will consider instituting a fee for the service. Right now he feels the cost of electricity will be “minimal.”
“If it is used very much we can institute a charge at a future date. We are looking to see if it will be utilized enough to justify setting up the account,” Carter said.
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