TEN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS NOW A GREEN CITY AMENITY
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (April 20, 2012) - Today, Mayor Bill Foster demonstrated one of the city's 10 new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations - another amenity for Florida's first Green City. By doing so, the Mayor effectively "flipped the switch" for all the stations located throughout downtown and Grand Central.
"These charging stations are just another measure St. Petersburg has implemented to preserve the environment and continue our green initiatives," said Mayor Bill Foster. "As we celebrate Earth Day, I'd like to thank our residents, other government agencies, and companies, such as ChargePoint and EcoTechnologies, who have joined in making St. Petersburg Florida's first - and best - green city."
The Charging Stations were funded by the ChargePoint America Program through a grant from the Department of Energy as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. They are operated through the ChargePoint network and NovaCharge, enabling drivers of EVs to park and charge using aChargePasscard, a smartphone app or a RFID equipped credit card. To order a card, download an app (available for iphone, Android and Blackberry) or to activate a card, visit mychargepoint.net. During this introductory period there is currently no cost to charge, although normal parking rates apply. City-owned charging stations are located at:
- City Hall,175 Fifth St. N.(on street)
- MunicipalServicesCenterGarage,Fourth St. N.
- South Core Garage - Level 3,140 Central Ave.
- South Core Garage - Level 7,140 Central Ave.
- Mahaffey Theater Garage,400 First St. SE.
- Beach Drive NE, east side of Beach, south ofSecond Ave.(SouthStraubPark, (on street)
- Sixth Avenue South,755 Sixth Ave. S.(on street)
- Fifth Avenue NE., 700 Fifth Ave. NE. (on street)
- Grand Central,2503 Central Ave.(on street)
- Beach Drive NE., east side of Beach, north ofFourth Ave.(NorthStraubPark, on street)
Following the program, Mayor Foster rode with Dali Trustee Brad Morse for an Earth Day Celebration at theDaliMuseumwhere two Dali-owned charging stations were also unveiled. The Dali charging stations are located in the museum's parking garage. There is currently no charge for the use of the Dali chargers.