Drivers of electric vehicles now have the ability to charge up while they enjoy all the amenities of downtown Lincoln.
Mayor Chris Beutler and Kevin Wailes, Administrator & CEO of Lincoln Electric System, today announced that the City's first public electric vehicle charging stations are open for business on the first floor of the West Haymarket's Green 2 parking garage, 530 P Street.
The two, dual-port ChargePoint charging stations can accommodate four vehicles at a time. Three of the parking stalls are available for public use. The fourth stall is dedicated to District Energy Corporation and LES plug-in vehicles.
"Each year, we see more and more all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars in use across Lincoln," said Mayor Beutler. "We all benefit from having more energy-efficient vehicles on the road, and it is exciting to have LES provide these public charging stations to help meet the growing demand. I thank LES for its leadership in promoting this green transportation option."
According to Wailes, LES installed the two electric vehicle charging stations with the goal of not only filling a need, but also gaining insight into how the community uses this technology.
"These charging stations will provide LES staff with the opportunity to learn more about public charging infrastructure and better understand those who seek public charging services," he said.
The units are Level 2, 240 volt/30 amp chargers (7.2 kilowatts). The flat rate for a charge is $2.
This project exemplifies LES' mission of partnering with the community to maximize energy value and quality of life in an environmentally responsible manner, Wailes said.
Gaining experience with new technology and being aware of the changing electricity use of our customers and visitors to the area helps ensure LES continues to provide that high level of service, he added.