EV Charging Stations Cost Taxpayers

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There are electric vehicle charging stations at Dan & Whits and King Arthur Flour. The Town pays a monthly fee for those stations to remain active, according to Selectboard discussion at its October 10 meeting, as seen on CATV. The fee, suggested the Town Manager, is apparently paid to ChargePoint, a private company based in California according to Wikipedia

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No one said during the discussion what the monthly fee is for or what the annual cost to the Town is. What was clear is that the Town does not pay for the electricity fueling the car; the user pays with a credit card. 

Regardless of the cost, I wonder why the Town pays anything at all on an ongoing basis. No reason for Norwich taxpayers to foot any of the bill. Why not add a small surcharge to the amounts charged to each user? The Drive Electric Vermont website says a "charging station can provide revenue with the ability to collect fees for use."  

At its next meeting, the Selectboard will likely consider an Energy Committee proposal to install a charging station at Huntley Meadow park & ride. The grant requires that the Town pay 10% of the cost, which can be in-kind. Non-government entities get a 20% match, if the public can access 24/7 the charging station. 

Selectboard member John Langhus reminded the Board, at the October 10 meeting, to keep in mind the unexpected costs of grant money, as the Town learned with respect to Church Street. See Ouch. Town Needs To Repay State $65,847.74   One of those is the monthly fee paid here. I don't know if the Town has some ongoing responsibility for the charging station, now or in the future. Who is responsible for making repairs or replacing/removing the station when obsolete?

Source: https://www.driveelectricvt.com/charging-stations/public-charging-map

POSTED: 10.15.2018 

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