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.