City-Parish unveils 10 electric car charging stations in downtown BR
BATON ROUGE – Mayor Kip Holden, City-Parish officials and others unveiled the installation of ten charging stations for electric cars around the city on Monday.
The charging stations are a part of an initiative to encourage the use of electric cars in the city.
Mayor Holden said that the charging stations are vital for the city's progression.
"It's going to be economical for many families, when you look at the fact, that the convenience is you'll have charging stations all over the city, and the second thing about how far you can go and how many dollars you can save," Holden said. "This bring us into a new age," he said.
The supplier of the units, Telefonix Development, has found a way to supply the stations at a reduced price while taking steps to make a 'greener' environment.
"We've planted ten charging stations around the area, 50 will be a total," Bill Williams, Telefonix Development manager, said. "Our charging stations are less expensive than the mainstream charging stations, so you get more bang for your buck," Williams said.
The ten stations are located in different areas of downtown Baton Rouge. Four of them are located off of North Boulevard, two are off of Main Street, two on Louisiana and two in the Third Street parking garage.
Drivers who use electric cars can download the PlugShare App to see a map of charging locations, the cost per hour to charge their car and pay.
An average month for a driver to charge their electric car would be between $15 to $20.