By Karen Kennedy
Two public, electric vehicle charging stations have been installed on the first level of the parking garage at the Center for the Performing Arts. The charging stations are a part of “Project Plug IN,” a Duke Energy pilot program designed to collect data about electric vehicle usage and charging activity. Duke Energy supplied the stations and is responsible for maintaining them; the City of Carmel is paying for the electricity.
“These charging stations are just another step in Carmel’s efforts to help protect the environment and reduce vehicle emissions,” Mayor Jim Brainard said. “The construction of more than 60 roundabouts and the use of alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles by the city are elements of our overall plan to improve air quality and reduce fuel consumption.”
The partnership between Duke Energy and the City of Carmel in this pilot program is for a two-year term, with the possibility of a one-year extension. At the end of the partnership, the City of Carmel will be eligible to receive clear title to the charging stations.