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USA: Colorado Springs getting 2 more charging stations for vehicles

Two more car-charging stations have opened in Colorado Springs to replenish battery-powered vehicles.

The newest is inside the city administration parking garage at 130 S. Nevada Ave. The garage is open daily, 24 hours a day.

The station opened Thursday and is available to anyone who pays to park in the garage. It can recharge two vehicles at once.

No local tax dollars are being used to fund the city-owned garage, which is operated under the entity of Parking System Enterprise. Parking Enterprise funds come from user fees.

The charging station was paid for by an Electric Supply Equipment Incentive grant from the Colorado Energy Office and Parking Enterprise funds, according to an email from the city.

There currently is no fee for using the electric car-charging station, according to an email from Greg Warnke, who manages the garage.

A fee will be charged at some point to help cover garage overhead.

“During an initial trial period (length yet to be determined) the cost of electricity is being provided by the Parking Enterprise,” Warnke wrote in an email to the city.

“Once we have collected and analyzed a reasonable amount of usage data, we will determine a pricing/cost strategy,” he wrote.

A second charging station, also available around the clock, is open on the Colorado College campus, at 830 N. Nevada Ave.

The charging station was donated to the college by ChargePoint, after a request by alum Jim Burness, chief executive officer of National Car Charging, according to a new release from college.
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