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USA: Construction on E.L. car charging stations coming soon

By the end of June, the city of East Lansing is expected to have at least one operational electric car charging station, located on the property of the East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road.

East Lansing community development analyst Tim Schmitt said the city finalized plans to install an electric charging station near the southeast corner of the library’s parking lot and is working with Lansing Board of Water and Light to determine a suitable location for a second station.

Schmitt hopes to install the second charging station in the downtown area, but Lansing Board of Water and Light project manager Angie Goodman said it is difficult to find a location that meets the several qualifications.

“(We need to find) a location that would not only benefit participants in our program, but other electric car drivers,” she said. “(It) would have to be accessible easily, and the property owner would agree on the location.”

The installation of the station — which costs about $8,000 depending on different variables — will be funded by a $750,000 appropriation granted to the Lansing Board of Water and Light for the purpose of introducing electric vehicles and their infrastructure into the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s coverage area. So far the appropriation has funded the installation of 27 charging stations, with the library location slated to be the 28th.

Goodman said users will be able to utilize the station free of cost.
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