“We are continuously striving to improve the sustainability of the Town, and installing electric vehicle charging stations is one step toward that goal,” Renee Cox, a Fishers Town Council member, said in a press release.
Duke Energy, as part of a new initiative called Project Plug-IN from Energy Systems Network, installed the new equipment at no cost to Fishers residents. Capital for the project came from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.
Operating energy is the only aspect of running the new chargers that costs the town. In two years, Duke will transfer the ownership of the stations to the town. In the meantime, the energy company plans to gather information on customer behavior and how charging electric vehicles – such as the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf – impacts the power grid, which ultimately impacts Duke’s ability to provide energy for its customers, Sue O’Leary, Duke Energy associate project director, said.
Currently, any electric car owner can pull up to the Fishers Train Station and recharge their vehicle at no cost – but the Town of Fishers has the option to set a fee in order to recoup energy costs.
O’Leary said the opportunity and initiative is a critical part of Duke’s goal to provide clean energy for its customers and not impact them adversely.
For more information on the Project Plug-IN visit duke-energy.com/plugin.