Kennesaw, GA – The City of Kennesaw, with a population of 33,627 and located northwest of Atlanta, recently announced that it used funds from its Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, to install two charging stations for electric cars. The charging units are the latest generation of CT4000 ChargePoint charging stations and cost $8,900 each. These units are uniquely designed to allow the charging ports to share a single circuit so that two vehicles can access the unit and charge at the same time.
The stations are located at Adams Park, a 33 acre community park managed by Kennesaw Parks and Recreation, and the parking deck of Revival on Main, a mixed use apartment building downtown.
“The installation of two electric charging stations is just one piece of the city’s efforts to meet our goal of sustainability and being an eco-friendly community,” said Jeff Drobney, Kennesaw City Manager. “Other efforts include adding multi-use paved paths, natural trails that connect our parks and neighborhoods and bike stations to encourage our residents and visitors to use alternative forms of transportation.”
Electric vehicle infrastructure is growing in the United States. Electrify America, Volkswagen's electric vehicle infrastructure subsidiary, recently announced that it will install 2,800 electric vehicle charging stations in 17 of the largest U.S. cities by June 2019.
“One of the biggest barriers to the mass-market adoption of electric vehicles is access to chargers,” Mark McNabb, chief executive officer of Electrify America. “Having chargers where people work – and live – will help them see that an electric vehicle can be their primary vehicle because charging is convenient and reliable at the places where they spend time.”
Utilities are also adding electric vehicle infrastructure. Seattle City Light, Seattle's publicly owned electric power utility, recently opened two fast-charging stations for electric vehicles in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood and plans to install up to 18 additional stations by the end of 2018. The fast charging stations can charge an electric vehicle up to about 80% charge in 20-30 minutes.
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