The Paper photo by Joe LaRue
From left to right, Lyle Fogel, Phillip Goode, Mayor Todd Barton, and Rick Hernandez unveil the new Electric Vehicle charging stations. Lyle Fogel is President of the Utility Service Board. Phil Goode is Manager of CEL&P. Rick Hernandez is Executive Director of the Crawfordsville/Mont. County Chamber of Commerce
The Paper photo by Joe LaRue From left to right, Lyle Fogel, Phillip Goode, Mayor Todd Barton, and Rick Hernandez unveil the new Electric Vehicle charging stations. Lyle Fogel is President of the Utility Service Board. Phil Goode is Manager of CEL&P. Rick Hernandez is Executive Director of the Crawfordsville/Mont. County Chamber of Commerce
Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power recently installed two electric vehicle (EV) chargers in the downtown Crawfordsville area. The chargers are located at the Crawfordsville District Public Library at 205 S. Washington St. and the Dr. Philip Q. Michal Trailhead Park at 510 S. Washington St. Both will allow the charging of two vehicles simultaneously. The EV chargers are Level 2, which will provide approximately 25 miles per hour of charge.
ChargePoint, Inc., who holds a 60 percent market share in electric vehicle chargers nationwide, supports them. End-users are able to download the ChargePoint app onto a smartphone and locate EV chargers in their area of travel. They may also pay for charging at these stations using their smartphones. These are the first publicly available EV chargers in the downtown Crawfordsville area.
“2018 was a big year for electric vehicles. Prices are down, range is up and there are more than 34 plug-in models available. We realize it is only a matter of time before they are more widespread in our area and CEL&P wanted to get out ahead of future demand. We also wanted to place the chargers in high visibility locations near downtown and the new trail. Consumers will be within walking distance of the library and downtown shopping and dining. We are grateful to both the library and City for allowing us to place these chargers on their property. We hope it will be mutually beneficial. We are also thankful for the Indiana Municipal Power Agency’s relationship with ChargePoint. It has allowed us to cost effectively deploy the chargers with minimal upfront investment.” said CEL&P General Manager Phil Goode.
Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton is pleased with the installation of the EV chargers.
“I appreciate CEL&P stepping forward and taking a proactive approach to offering electric vehicle charging stations in Crawfordsville. We are increasingly receiving more requests for them and every indication is that the use of electric vehicles will only grow in the future. These charging stations will help meet the current demand and increase our understanding of how to best serve predicted future increases in electric vehicle use.”
The project was completed with the blessing of the Utility Service Board.
“The Utility Service Board supports the Utility’s efforts to put Crawfordsville on the EV charging map. Charging stations are going to be a part of any forward-thinking community. We are excited to bring this value-added service to CEL&P customers and those visiting Crawfordsville.” stated Utility Service Board President Lyle Fogel.
According to Goode, there may be more locations forthcoming in the future, including the possibility of a DC fast charger near I-74. “We have other locations in mind where we think this could be beneficial to the community and visitors. If we can pull folks in off of I-74, it only helps Crawfordsville and local business owners.”
The chargers have been in service since March 19 and have been used 12 times, consuming 160 kWh of energy.