This morning, the City of Raleigh unveiled two new electric car charging stations in Nash Square. A crowd of about 100 people gathered just North of the square to hear Mayor Meeker and others speak about Raleigh’s progressive steps forward to become a more sustainable city in the 21st Century.
The new Eaton charging stations are Level 2 stations with 240 volt outlets and will take 4 to 6 hours to recharge an electric car that is completely empty. The city sees the two new stations at Nash Square as more like top-off stations. The electricity while parked in these spots is free but the typical parking meter fees will apply. “Pay to Park, Free to Charge” goes the City’s motto.
The City currently has 10 hybrid electric cars that their employees use for city use and will charge at their storage locations overnight. They will also be getting 10 more full electric cars in the next year or so. As mentioned before, these new charging stations are only the beginning of an additional 30 to be installed over the next year. Word is that one will be installed at the Convention Center in the next week or two as well.