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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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9 Responses to If You Build It, Will They Charge?

  1. September 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm lellingw responds:

    the infrastructure is needed if we are going to have it. There is a need to plan and put them up.

  2. I have an EV and I live in Gates. I would like some in the suburbs, but it is nice to know we are taking a step forward.

  3. September 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm Edward Richards responds:

    If it doesn’t create jobs, how useful is it? OMG. This makes me mad.

  4. September 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm Edward Richards responds:

    Why are they exclusively in the City huh?

    Webster, Pittsford and Henrietta would have use for them. Residents there have the income to afford such cars. But the City? And 16 of them?!

    This idea is so big City. The problem? Rocester is not a big City.

    I like jobs for young people with no cars more than power outlets for old people with electric cars.

  5. What a horrible idea.
    First the public subsidizes the original purchase of the electric vehicle with tax credits of at least $7500 and now we are supposed be excited about spending more public money to install charging stations for the convenience of a handful of privileged suburbanites.

  6. Interesting, since about 5 years ago a member of the fire dept was told he could be charged with theft of services for plugging his electric vehicle in at a firehouse while on duty.
    How is the person plugging in charged for the electricity consumed at these stations? Is that one of the details ‘yet to be worked out’ like so many other things the city does? And who is getting the contract to install these stations? We all know the city and county gov’t never do things just because they are the right thing to do. Someone is getting paid and/or preferential treatment I would bet.

  7. Jeff is absolutely right – electric vehicles are already heavily subsidized, and now there will be free recharging ?
    For the cost of a Volt, you could buy a new Corolla, and enough gasoline to drive well over 100,000 miles. If you look at the “real” cost of a Volt, that Corolla could drive over 350,000 miles .

  8. Please take a look at the charge Point web sight to see how people with electronic cars will pay for there electricity. I currently drive a Chevy VOLT. For now it is a stepping stone to all electric cars. But all electric cars are not going to grow till there are charging stations other than at the home of the owner.

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