Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Denton to add electric vehicle charging stations
There will be 14 total, including the six at UNT that were previously announced.
The city of Denton is expected to add 14 electric vehicle charging stations available for public use by June 12.
The We Mean Green Fund subcommittee approved construction of the stations for the UNT campus, and California-based electric transportation company ECOtality is paying for stations. A $64,737 grant was given to fund the projects.
“The six [UNT] stations will be located at the Murchison, Wooten, and the RTVF Building,” said Mendie Schmidt, assistant director of outreach for the Office of Sustainability. “There will be two stations at each location, one that is [Americans with Disability Act] compliant.”
Though electric vehicles average about $36,000, costing more than the average gasoline-fueled vehicle, the cost to fill one up is about $3 for every 100 miles.
“Texas is one of five original states to be able to sell electric vehicles by order,” Nissan electric vehicle specialist Carl Lewis said.
Other states include California, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, and Arizona. About 240 vehicle-charging stations have been placed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 2011.
Since then, electric vehicle stations have been added outside of those five states and are expected to lead to an increase of electric car usage by the average consumer. An estimated 1.5 million charging stations will be built in the U.S. by the end of 2012, according to a Pike Research study.
The electric vehicle charging company Blink is collaborating with both UNT and Cupboard Natural Foods to install the vehicle-charging stations.
With most electric vehicles able to travel about 120 miles on a single charge, having a multitude of charging stations will be necessary for the vehicles to catch on, Lewis said.
Those interested in learning more about the Blink charging stations can download an iPhone app.
“Users and look on their iPhone and see an interactive map of charging station locations,” Tanis said. “They can see how long it will be before the vehicle using the station is charged and reserve the charging station for their vehicle.”
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