El Paso adds 32 electric vehicle charging stations El Paso Times

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El Paso adds 32 electric vehicle charging stations

The city is inviting the public to plug in their electric vehicles at 17 locations.

Mayor Oscar Leeser joined Gerald Cichon, chief executive officer of the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, and Marty Howell, the city’s director of Economical Development and Sustainability, to commission 32 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city.

Aaron Bracamontes

The city, the University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Community College and the housing authority used a $256,000 grant from the Texas State Energy Conservation Office’s Transportation Efficiency Program to install the stations.

The stations have been installed at 17 sites around the city including: Sun Metro terminals, the El Paso International Airport, the UTEP campus and housing authority communities.

UTEP has 10 additional charging stations that are not a part of the state grant.

Leeser said the charging stations will be a great service for residents who own electric cars.

It’s great for the environment and for El Paso, Leeser said. I’m glad we have them (the stations) here.

The mayor is also the president of Hyundai of El Paso and said he does not know when Hyundai will launch a pure electric vehicle. He said he is happy El Pasoans have public locations to charge vehicles. Nissan, Ford, General Motors and Tesla Motors currently make electric vehicles.

Jonathan Macias began leasing his electric car in April. He said he usually charges it at home and now he feels more free to travel around El Paso knowing that there are stations available.

These vehicles favor city driving, Macias said. Knock on wood, I have never ran out of gas.

He said he gets 80 to 100 miles per charge.

Before Macias got an electric vehicle, he said he would pay about $40 to $80 a month for gas. Now he pays about $16 a month to charge his vehicle.

Going over Scenic Drive, I lose more energy going up the hill, but I make it up coming down the hill, Macias said. Most importantly, it is not like driving a golf cart. It is a full working vehicle.

City officials did not know how many El Paso residents own electric vehicles, but according to a report from the Electric Power Research Institute, there have been more than 116,000 electric vehicles sold as of June 2013.

Macias said that it is easy to charge at the city’s charging stations, which use the Blink Network. The user must have a Blink InCard to use the charging station, which will activate the charger and charge the user $1 to $2 per hour.

If the user does not have a Blink InCard, the user can pay for a guest code on the blinkcode.com website.

At home, the electric car can be charged into the wall like any other appliance, Macias said.

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Charging is just like charging a cellphone; you have the option to charge it at the end of the day, Macias said.

Aaron Bracamontes may be reached at 546-6156.

El Paso International Airport, short-term parking, 6701 Convair.

City Municipal Service Center, 7969 San Paulo.

Sun Metro Westside Terminal, second level, 7535 Remcon Circle.

Sun Metro Mission Valley Terminal, 9065 Alameda.

Sun Metro Glory Road Terminal, 100 E. Glory Road.

UTEP Schuster Parking Garage, 500 W. Schuster.

UTEP Academic Services Building Parking Lot, 501 W. Schuster.

UTEP Sun Bowl Parking Facility, 2522 Sun Bowl Drive.

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