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Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installed

08/02/2013

The City of Fayetteville has installed a Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Station near Fayetteville’s Historic Downtown Square in the recently upgraded parking located at the northeast corner of W. Mountain St. and N. Church Ave. The charging station was generously donated by Ozarks Electric Cooperative and the City of Fayetteville paid for installation. A level 2 charging station will generally charge a fully depleted EV (electric vehicle) battery in about 6 - 8 hours.  Level 2 stations are being deployed across the country and are comparable with most mass produced electric vehicles.  A level 2 charging station is 220 volts (versus a Level 1 charging station which utilizes 120 volts in a standard household plug) has a J-plug, the J1772 industry standard, set by the Society of Automotive Engineers. 

Three parking spaces adjacent to the charging station can be used for charging electric vehicles. One spot will be reserved for electric vehicles only.  Electric vehicles will be required to pay for parking similar to all non-electric vehicles; the hourly rate for metered parking in the Square area is $.25 an hour. The City is paying for the cost of the electricity, which with moderate to heavy use, should cost $15-$20 per month.  Typical electricity cost for electric vehicles is about 3 - 4 cents per mile with some electric vehicle averaging over 100 mpg equivalent.

A parking ordinance change is necessary to enforce the Electric Vehicle Only parking space.  City Council will consider this ordinance change at their August 6th meeting.  Enforcement of the change would begin 31 days after it is passed by City Council.