Charlottesville is accepting the first round of applications for a new mini-grant program designed to support a public network of electric car charging stations.
The mini-grant program is open to non-residential private property owners looking to install a station.
One station is already operational along Elliott Avenue.
City of Charlottesville Press Release
City of Charlottesville Launches Mini-Grant Program for Publically Accessible Electric Vehicle Charging Network
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville has launched the first round of accepting applications for its new mini-grant program to support a publically-accessible EV (electric vehicle) charging network in Charlottesville. The mini-grant program is supported by the Green City Initiatives Fund, established to sponsor sustainability-related demonstration projects and initiatives that promote and support Council's Green City Vision.
The mini-grant program aims to support the development of a publically-accessible EV (electric vehicle) charging network in Charlottesville with charging stations located around the City near or co-located with commercial and retail activities, easily accessible from likely entrance routes to the City, managed with reasonable rates and hours of use, and listed on publically-accessible charging locator maps and databases used by EV drivers. By working with non-residential private property owners who can leverage additional financial incentives and opportunities from the federal government and manufacturers within the EV industry, the City hopes to see the foundation of a local charging network within a year.
Non-residential private property owners are eligible to apply. Chargers must be accessible for use by the general public, within walking distance of commercial, retail, and tourist activity centers, submitted for inclusion on EV charging locator maps, intended to be provided at a low-cost or free rate to the public for a period of at least three (3) years.
Drivers for the City's support of a publically accessible EV charging network at this time include:
• Leadership within a regional/state network, compared to neighboring regional population centers, and as a location EV drivers can visit and live with confidence
• Environmental alignment of EV support with commitments and goals made by Council as well as co-benefits of improved air quality and reduced stormwater runoff particulates and noise pollution
• Economic benefits from activity generated for co-located or nearby commercial entities, attracting EV drivers to visit Charlottesville, and reduced fuel costs for drivers
• Leveraging opportunities and partnerships within the private sector, through a federal tax credit currently available through December 31, 2013, and an estimated a 2-to-1 benefit - reflecting a minimum $60,000 or $100,000 investments in Charlottesville infrastructure.
$50,000 of funding was approved, with $30,000 released in Phase 1 for the mini-grant program and $20,000 to be held in reserve for Phase 2 to ensure that a station can be developed near the downtown with remaining funds to support additional mini-grants.
This program was informed by the September Charlottesville Electric Vehicle Charging Network Information Exchange event co-hosted with the non-profit Virginia Clean Cities, whose focus is on the alternative fuel vehicle market and adoption. The event brought two panels of industry experts together with local property owners/managers and generated positive feedback and interest amongst attendees in a local EV charger network and a local incentive program.