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USA: Georgia Street electric car chargers now available for use

Two new electric car chargers are now available on Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis.

Two new electric car chargers are now available on Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis.

In total there are 16 charging units at five locations around the city. The electronic chargers are located at Denison Merchant’s Garage, the Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center, Garfield Park Library and the Indiana State Garage. The chargers on Georgia Street were in place by Super Bowl week, but were available for the first time this week.

“If you happen to be downtown, shopping or dining out. It’s easy to zip over here and get a charge,” said Crystal Livers-Powers, Director of Corporate Communications at IPL.

IPL plans to install more units on the second floor of the Denison Plaza. The flat rate to charge your car is $2.50. If your battery is at 40-50 percent, your car could be charged within three to four hours. It works similar to a pre-paid toll pass.

“There’s an electronic key and you just put it up to the machine and it basically debits your account,” Liver-Powers said.

According to Liver-Powers, the chargers were paid for using several initiatives and various grants.

“The funding for the charging stations was provided through Energy Systems Network’s Project Plug-IN initiative. ESN and Project Plug-IN received U.S. Department of Energy grant funding through the Indiana Office of Energy Development for the deployment of electric vehicles and charging stations.

In 2010, IPL announced plans to pair a $20 million stimulus grant from the Department of Energy with $29 million of its own capital to fund an infrastructure enhancement project. IPL was one of only 100 utilities and companies in the nation to be selected to participate in the Smart Grid Investment Grants, which are part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. In conjunction with Project Plug-IN, supported by a consortium of public and private partners and utilities, IPL announced plans to pilot between 150 and 200 electric vehicle charging stations in customer homes and public locations, Liver-Powers said.

“We know this is new technology for some people, but we’ve seen a healthy interest. We know there are electronic vehicles on the street,” Liver-Powers said.

According to Liver-Powers IPL is looking at how often the charging units are being used.

“(We’re) evaluating usage and usage patterns now. As we see more interest, we’d look at various locations to continue to make it convenient for customers,” Liver-Powers said.



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