City Council Approves Incentive Program for Electric Car Charging Stations
Charlottesville City Council is setting aside $50,000 to help private property owners jump-start a public network of electric car charging stations. Council approved an incentive program to offer grants for businesses and nonprofits to put in one of the stations for public use.
Charlottesville’s Green City Initiatives fund will jump-start the electric vehicle charging network with $50,000 - and $30,000 of that would go to incentives for private businesses to install public charging stations.
Mayer Electric Supply on Elliott Avenue installed a level 2 charging station about a month ago and says drivers are taking advantage of the free service.
The incentive program will offer grants to share the cost with property owners to put in one of the stations for public use. The program will set aside $20,000 to install an electric vehicle charging station near the downtown mall.
“Charlottesville - being a green leader - we don't want people to question if they come here are they going to be able to find a place to charge their car,” said Susan Elliott, Charlottesville Climate Protection Program coordinator. “We have a lot of people who move in and out of the area, and we want anyone who comes here to feel very confident that they will be able to charge their vehicle.”
Elliott hopes to see at least six charging stations installed at commercial or nonprofit properties within the next year. The city calls this an economic development generator. Drivers plug in and spend money at nearby businesses while their car charges up.
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