Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGERS AT THE OLIVE STREET PARKING GARAGE
There is a $.28 per kWh charge for using the charging stations, this is to help offset the cost of electricity to the City, as well as the networking costs that track data on the use of the stations.
The chargers are made by ChargePoint and through their app notify drivers of available stations, as well as when their charge is complete. A ChargePoint account is required to use the chargers.
While improvements continue to be made, most electric vehicles on the market today have a 250 to 300 mile range. Incentives are now available for both new and used electric vehicles.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING AT CITY HALL AND CHAPMAN/DAVIS LOTS
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources awarded the City of Greenfield two electric vehicle charging stations that are located downtown and can charge up to four electric vehicles at a time. The downtown stations provide convenient locations along the Route 91 and Route 2 corridors with easy access to food, shopping, and entertainment while the vehicles charge.
One unit is located in the City Hall public parking lot and the other is located on the southwest corner of the Chapman/Davis lot behind Wilson’s. The spaces are dedicated to electric vehicles that are actively charging and have a four-hour limit, enough to add up to 100 miles of range. Drivers pay the parking fees while charging and will be fined in accordance with the City’s parking policy for an expired meter. For non-electric vehicles that park in the dedicated electric-vehicle-charging spaces, the fine is $35.
The goal of the Department of Energy Resources grant was to encourage electric vehicle use by locating charging stations at key locations throughout Massachusetts aimed at addressing range anxiety, the fear that the electric car will run out of charge and strand the driver.
Locations of other charging stations in New England can be found on the U.S. Department of Energy's site.