City Votes for EV Charging Stations Pilot Program, Chooses Vendor

City Votes for EV Charging Stations Pilot Program, Chooses Vendor

City Commissioners approved the launch and advancement of the “PowerTLH” campaign for electric vehicle charging stations. The central theme of the campaign is to present the City’s progressive approach to clean energy for Tallahassee residents.

PowerTLH is the next step in the Clean Energy Plan resolution to move the city to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The plan was adopted by the City Commission in 2019. PowerTLH will be the City’s first public network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The standalone EV stations will be comprised of four standard level-2 chargers, which provide 16 to 25 miles per hour of charging, and one or two fast chargers, which provide 100-200 miles per hour of charging.

The stations will be located in areas of existing commercial development for a cost-effective approach. The locations offer motorists the option to enjoy shops, parks, and restaurants while charging their vehicle. The four sites currently being evaluated for probable development are the Publix on Mahan/Falls Chase Center, the Publix at Blairstone Rd and Park Avenue, the Publix at Southwood, and potentially adjacent to the new Tallahassee Police Department headquarters.

The launch of the first station is expected to begin in the Spring/Summer of 2022 and will include a marketing campaign for public information inviting EV owners to “charge at the star.”

Additionally, the approval authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract for development of EV charging stations for the Cascades Parking Garage. The contract will be awarded to ChargePoint, working with Guardian Fueling Technologies, who will provide EV charging equipment technology and installation services. The cost will be approximately $100,000. These vendors are currently used by the City for such equipment and installation services for their current 39 EV charging stations used by the City’s fleet.

8 Responses to "City Votes for EV Charging Stations Pilot Program, Chooses Vendor"

  1. I will assume Publix may be helping with the cost. Whole Foods probably helped with the 2 chargers in front of their store also.

    It is a good business decision. I agree, the taxpayers don’t need to pay for these.

    I just picked up a hybrid Jeep. They have some advantages. I have no interest in an EV.

  2. Just curious…… Who owns the Chargers? Who paid to have them Installed? Who pays for the Electricity that goes TO the Chargers? What are the Fee’s for Charging your EV? And finally, How much did the city spend on this?

    1. Cost is approximately $100,000 and City will own charges. Charge rates will be paid by consumers but have yet to be determined. Thanks for the questions. Steve Stewart

  3. Hmmm… three of the sites are linked to Publix stores. Wonder if the city has a sweetheart deal with Publix.

  4. NaziCrat-controlled government has proven to remarkably proficient at two things…

    1. Lying to us
    2. Stealing from us.

    Utility customers will eventually pick up the excessive costs of this futile endeavor. Write it down.

  5. “four standard level-2 chargers, which provide 16 to 25 miles per hour of charging” ………… Who wants to spend several HOURS at Publix. I will keep my GAS POWERED Car.

  6. Why is the city building what are functionally gas stations? Are there city run gas stations that I am missing? It’s not the role of government to be doing this with taxpayers dollars, especially in light of the fact that EV dont pay taxes for roads.

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