Despite the scarcity of electric vehicles on the road, the City of Rochester is moving forward with a plan to install charging stations around town. The city issued a Request for Proposals seeking a consultant for the project. There will be seven locations that can charge multiple vehicles at once.
Earlier this year, the state announced grants for these charging stations and proposals were due over the summer. The goal is to reduce emissions and build infrastructure many believe will be needed one day.
One charging station can charge two vehicles at once. Here are the locations and justifications, according to the city’s request for state grant money:
- City Hall (1) – The city says at least one employee has an electric vehicle and the location is highly visible and the charging stations can be used by visitors.
- Port of Rochester (2) – The area is undergoing redevelopment that will have sustainability components.
- Public Market (1) – The city says this is a super-visible site and has one million visitors a year.
- Washington Square Garage (4) – The city garages have a high volume of cars and are more likely to attract owners of electric cars.
- Court Street Garage (2)
- Sister Cities Garage (2)
- East End Garage (4)
The Democrat and Chronicle has previously reported Rochester only has a few dozen electric vehicles on the road. The city is hoping more vehicles come online in the future. In the meantime, the city says local colleges and governments that own electric vehicles could make use of the charging stations.
The city isn’t sure if or what it will charge for use of the stations. It hopes to have the charging stations installed by October 2013. The total cost of the project is about $500,000, with most of the money coming from state and federal grants.
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