CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 26, 2022) — The Charlotte City Council on Monday approved a contract to purchase and install 25 electric vehicle charging stations at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center parking deck on Davidson Street. The charging stations will serve the City of Charlotte's growing fleet of electric vehicles to reduce carbon emissions.
With a unanimous vote, council members awarded the $1.15 million contract to the lowest bidder, Miles-McClellan Construction Company, which will install the charging stations on the fourth and fifth levels of the parking deck. The installation is expected to be finished in late 2023.
The ultimate purpose of the stations is to charge city-owned electric vehicles. The city currently has 63 electric vehicles in its fleet. The 2023 budget adds another 55 electric vehicles, for to a total of 174 electric vehicles budgeted, planned or already in service. Electric buses, trucks and vans are being integrated into the fleet while the city also makes plans for the first all-electric fire station and electric fire truck.
The parking deck installation is the city's largest charging project to date, with enough ports for 49 vehicles to charge at the same time. It brings the city's total inventory of electric vehicle charging stations to 130 with a total of 243 ports. Fifty of those stations are open to the public, including stations on the first floor of the Davidson Street parking deck.
Other city-owned or city-facilitated charging stations open to the public are located at the Ritz at Washington Heights park and in several other locations, including in the city's Corridors of Opportunity. In 2021, electric vehicle stations owned by the city but open to the public charged 2,039 different vehicles.
Funding for the upcoming project comes from bonds and debt financing available through the city's Capital Investment Plan, which makes long-term investments in public infrastructure.
The Strategic Energy Action Plan in Practice
The charging stations support the Strategic Energy Action Plan goal of fueling City of Charlotte fleet and facilities by 100% zero-carbon sources by 2030. The SEAP was adopted in December 2018 and focuses on goals for sustainable transportation, buildings, energy generation, workforce development, and equity, with steps on how to reach the goals.