My Town: Akron Installing Electric Car Stations

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AKRON, Ohio — The city of Akron is going green with the installation of new electric car charging stations downtown.

In 2012, the city began installing five Level 2 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipments stations on various parking decks within the city, including O’Neils’, Broadway, Citicenter, Superblock and Cascade. Each station can supply an electric car for four to six hours. Users will only pay for parking at the stations.

According to Mayor Don Plusquellic, “These five stations are located to reduce low battery anxiety and to permit visitors, residents and downtown workers to recharge their vehicles while at work, shopping or visiting our downtown amenities.”

The plan to install the stations is part of Akron’s sustainability initiative introduced on Earth Day in 2009. The “Greenprint” initiative seeks ways the city can reduce greenhouse emissions, save on energy and operational costs, and utilize those savings as a springboard to help revitalize an economy hit hard by the recession.

The city is currently reporting a 13 percent reduction in government emissions, ahead of their 5 percent projection for 2013.

The project partly funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program grant through Clean Fuels Ohio.