SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — If you own an electric car, there may soon be another place to charge it.
The school board Wednesday night, approved the acceptance of a $120,000 grant from American Electric Power to cover the cost of installing electric vehicle charging stations.
“We have three stations we want to install here at the school. It will be on the south-west corner of the campus. We’ve interviewed a couple of different vendors that are AEP approved, and we haven’t selected the vendor we’re going to purchase them from yet. We’re still going through that process, but we’ll work with them along with Sidney Electric here locally, and they will do the electrical install,” said Roy Gillespie, facilities manager at Apollo.
Anyone would be able to utilize the charging stations, once they’re installed.
“There’s a phone app that people can use to locate these stations and they can find Apollo, come in and charge,” he said.
The charging stations could be utilized by staff or even people traveling down Interstate 75 and in need of a charge, which wouldn’t have to take that long.
“One of the stations is a quick-charge unit and those charge within about 20 minutes and the other two stations take quite a bit longer to get a full charge,” he said.
People would use a credit card to utilize the charging stations.
“The way they work is there’s a meter that’s on them and so we can charge [monetarily] by electric usage or we can charge by hour. Of course, we’re not looking to make money like a gas station — we’re using them as a marketing tool and a way to just help people out with electric vehicles,” he added.
Once the vendors are selected, it should take six to eight weeks for the units to arrive, and then Sidney Electric will install them. The charging stations should be operational by early February.
“The utility companies are behind this, obviously, with the grant, and of course, the automakers are behind this as well, so I think you’ll see more and more of these around the area,” said Gillespie.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.