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Electric-vehicle chargers showing up around Loveland

Centerra announces that it will install 3 by January

Michael Koenig, right, a volunteer with Drive Electric Northern Colorado and a self-proclaimed “EV geek,” talks about the features of the brand-new BMW i3 plug-in electric car with Matt Bailey of Co’s BMW in east Loveland. The two had just completed a test drive Wednesday, Nov. 13. “Wow! The acceleration. I am very impressed,” Koenig said. ( Craig Young )

LOVELAND — Plug-in electric vehicles are gaining traction in the market, a proponent says, and communities are starting to take steps to make it easier to keep charged.

On Wednesday, McWhinney, the developer of the Centerra development in east Loveland, announced it would install three electric-vehicle charging stations for public use.

“The goal is really for when people are at work, they have the opportunity to charge,” as well as when they’re shopping, said Jay Hardy, vice president and general manager of Centerra.

Hardy said his company plans to have the charging stations available for public use in January near the Rangeview office buildings on Rocky Mountain Avenue, on Fall River Drive in the Marketplace at Centerra and somewhere in The Promenade Shops at Centerra northeast of Interstate 25 and U.S. 34.

He said the three plug-in stations likely will charge the same amount that the city of Loveland will charge at its own public stations – $1 an hour.

Hardy spoke at a press conference hosted by Co’s BMW in the Motorplex at Centerra.
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