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Covington to get electric chargers

COVINGTON — The city of Covington is continuing to diversify fuel options for its own fleet and the public and will soon install electric vehicle charging stations downtown.

The city will obtain the chargers through the EV Project, the largest deployment of electric vehicles and charge infrastructure in history. ECOtality, a company that researches and develops advanced energy systems, was awarded a $114.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to deploy thousands of chargers in major cities and metropolitan areas across the country. With partner matches, the total value of the project is now $230 million.

Covington is expected to receive several chargers — either those known as Level 2 chargers, which take between 8 to 10 hours to charge a vehicle, or fast chargers, which take 30 minutes, or a combination of the two types. City officials are hoping to obtain one or two fast chargers to install in downtown Covington, possibly behind the Historic Courthouse and/or behind the lofts, said grant writer Randy Conner. The hope is to draw folks downtown to shop and dine while they are charging their vehicles, Conner said. Chargers will also be installed at Emory and Stallings streets at the city’s Planning and Zoning Department. They are expected to be installed in early October.



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