Electric car charging station unveiled
The District this morning unveiled its first public, curbside electric car charging station, located at the Franklin D. Reeves Center on 14th St. NW, with two spaces for charging vehicles. Mayor Adrian Fenty was joined by Department of Energy Undersecretary Cathy Zoi and District Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein for the opening.
The station is the result of a $15 million Department of Energy grant which in the next year will provide 4,600 charging stations in Austin, southern Michigan, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Sacramento, the Bay Area, Washington state and the District.
"This charger represents a new direction for fuel efficient vehicles throughout the region," said DDOT Director Klein in a statement. "We continue to ask people to reduce their carbon footprint and make greener choices and so we are striving to provide the infrastructure and technology to support those goals."
The objective of the ChargePoint America program is "to accelerate the development and production of electric vehicles to substantially reduce petroleum consumption, reduce greenhouse gas production, and create jobs."
The installation of the ChargePoint station was done by PEPCO and NovaCharge, LLC.
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