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Fees for Martinez electric vehicle charging stations set at $1 per hour

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Martinez City Council adopted an amended ordinance Wednesday night establishing fees for the three city-owned electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

For those stations at City Hall and along Court and Main Street there will be a fee of $1 per hour, with a four-hour time limit. The long-term charging stations at the Amtrak location will have a maximum fee of $12 and a 24-hour limit.

According to Michael Chandler, senior management analyst for the City, the total annual cost to the city for the charging stations is $9,951, which includes a one-time $3,145 charge to repair the Amtrak unit. Costs include utilities, software, repair and replacement of equipment and infrastructure, equipment depreciation, and labor.

Based on trend, the City Hall station averages 750 sessions per year; the Court/Main Street station averages 600 sessions per year; and the Amtrak station (currently inoperable due to vandalism damage) averages 475 sessions per year.
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