WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA (March 4, 2019) –
Electric vehicle (EV) drivers will soon have even more access to electric vehicle charging stations in the City of West Palm Beach. Thanks to a donation from Tesla, the City of West Palm Beach will begin installation of 38 EV charging stations in City garages this week.
On Monday evening, the City’s electrical contractor will begin installing 16 electric vehicle charging stations in the Clematis Garage, located at 500 Banyan Boulevard. As a part of this installation, there will be eight universal port stations and eight Tesla-specific charging stations. The charging stations will be found at these locations inside the Clematis Garage:
- Third floor: Four universal and four Tesla charging stations will be installed and will replace non-functioning Chargepoint stations.
- Fourth/Fifth floor upramp: Four universal and four Tesla stations will be installed and located north of the five existing Chargepoint stations. (The Chargepoint stations will be used for City fleet charging only, which will be enforced.)
The City is planning to install an additional 22 stations for use by the public and City fleet at the City Center Garage located at 400 Clematis Street and the Evernia Garage located at 333 Evernia Street. There will be six Tesla and six universal stations in the City Center Garage, and five Tesla and five universal stations in the Evernia Garage. Installation at these locations is expected to be completed by the end of April. The new charging stations for usage by the public will have an enforceable five-hour parking time limit. Currently, there are two public EV charging stations located on the second floor of the City Center Garage.
The EV charging stations installation is made possible, in large part, by Tesla, which provided $86,212.01 for the electrical conduit, charging station hardware, signage, and installation fees. The City funded the electrical permits totaling $1,743.51.
“The City of West Palm Beach is working diligently to reduce climate impacts through adaptation and mitigation efforts and, also, to increase resource efficiency,” said Penni Redford, City of West Palm Beach Manager of Resilience and Climate Change. “These EV charging stations will add convenience and confidence for drivers of both plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles, while providing another amenity for visitors and employees of the downtown. We are excited to bring these to the community through a donation from Tesla Motors. ”
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it is estimated that there are now more than a half million EVs on the road in the U.S. It is expected that there will soon be more than a million EVs in the U.S. and three million worldwide. EVs can reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change and smog, improve public health, and reduce ecological damage.
The City’s EV charging installation project is in line with the city’s key ‘climate and energy’ pillar of success. The city works to mitigate its vulnerability to climate conditions, resource availability, and energy issues, including sea-level rise, and improve stormwater management. The City also strives to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the City fleet by 2025 and make the City of West Palm Beach carbon neutral by 2050.