Orange County Installs Electric Car Charging Stations Downtown

FROM ORANGE COUNTY GOV'T, May 29, 2012:Orange County has installed twelve electric car charging stations for use by the general public. 

The new stations were funded by the US Department of Energy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Carolina Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative led by the Triangle J Council of Governments. 

All of the stations are “Level 2” type stations, capable of fully energizing an electric car such as the Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf in approximately 3 to 6 hours, depending on the vehicle. 

Four stations are available for use at the Orange County Skills Development Center in Chapel Hill (503 West Franklin Street). The stations are located alongside the building.

In addition to these four stations there are two available at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Senior Center in Chapel Hill (2551 Homestead Road); and six are available at the Park & Ride facility located adjacent to the Durham Technical Community College location in Hillsborough.

An electric Chevy Volt plugged in and recharging at the station on West Franklin Street.“Orange County is pleased to offer these facilities in support of the growing number of electric vehicles being used for transportation”, says Frank Clifton, Orange County Manager. 

“The County hopes to accommodate more in the future as the need continues to develop”.

The charging station parking areas will be free of charge during the introductory period, while usage patterns and an appropriate pricing structure is evaluated. 

Users will be asked to limit use of the facilities to a maximum of 4 hours per day.

Questions about these facilities can be directed to Jeff Thompson, Orange County Asset Management Services, at 919-245-2658.