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September 28, 2018

AZTEC'S CHARGEPOINT STATION. MOST ELECTRIC CARS SHOULD BE ABLE TO USE IT, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THOSE MADE BY TESLA..

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION OPENS

Photo and story by Pilar Owens, TALON

Imagine you live in Durango and decide to take a trip to Albuquerque in your electric car. You get past Cedar Hill and realize your car needs to be charged before you get to Albuquerque. So you pull over at the Aztec Visitor Center, pull out your phone, open your ChargePoint app and search for nearby stations. Oh. There's one behind you. You pull up, plug in, and head over to Main Street to the check out the shops, restaurants, and murals.

This is the idea behind Aztec's ChargePoint Level 2 CT4000 charging station the city installed over the summer. "If this goes and we start having a lot of use we've made provisions for future to have four more stations," said Ken George, Electric Department Director. His department paid about $10,000 for the station and a five year warranty. Users need a ChargePoint account and pay $1.25 per hour to charge their car. According to City Manager Steve Mueller, that money will likely go to the Electric Department to offset costs.

Mueller said more cost savings down the road could include the city using electric cars. George considers his department the leader in the city's movement towards alternative energy sources. Besides plans to acquire an electric fleet for his department, George also plans to expand the city's solar electric field. The current solar field, located below the city's water treatment plant, has around 2,000 solar panels. The panels generate 2 million kilowatt hours annually. That's 2 million kilowatts the city doesn't have to buy.

 

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