DUBLIN, OH – The City of Dublin has installed two Level II electric vehicle charging stations on the west side of the Dublin Community Recreation Center (DCRC) at 5600 Post Road. The stations will be available to Dublin Recreation Center patrons and visitors free of charge during DCRC operational hours.
According to Dublin Fleet Manager Darryl Syler, these stations were made possible through a 50-percent matching grant from Clean Fuels Ohio. The total cost of both units, including installation, was $28,400, with Clean Fuels Ohio reimbursing $14,200 of this total back to the City, according to a release from the City of Dublin.
The City will provide free public use of the charging stations due to the fact the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) prohibits non-utilities from selling electricity to the public. Costs to charge a vehicle will vary based on the type of vehicle and the duration of the charge.
Syler said these stations will help accommodate residents that have purchased or plan to purchase an electric vehicle. While electric vehicles are currently a small percentage of the car market in Ohio, numerous manufacturers are already producing electric vehicles or have an electric vehicle planned for production in 2013, and the market is expected to grow substantially in the coming years.
“There is a big push to go green nationwide,” Syler said. The automotive industry is responding to the need to reduce dependence on foreign oil and the push to provide clean alternative fuels. We are pleased we can provide this added service to our residents who want to save money on gasoline and keep our City green.”