As of May 2nd, downtown Apex will have its first public car-charging station.
There will be three charging spaces in the Saunders Street parking lot, across from the Apex Police Department, that are free of cost and available to the general public.
One is equipped with an Eaton DC Quick Charger that can charge Tesla vehicles, the Nissan LEAF, and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV to about an 80 percent charge in 20 to 30 minutes. The other two spaces have GE Level 2 chargers, which can accommodate all electric vehicles with about 40 miles of charge in three to four hours.
“Wake County is scattered with dozens of similar stations, providing PEV owners with the opportunity to charge while they work, dine, or shop,” said Town Manager Bruce Radford in a release. “We saw the need in Apex to provide this service to our visitors and residents while allowing them to enjoy the amenities of our downtown.”
Funds for the charging station came from grant programs through North Carolina State University, the North Carolina Solar Center and Advanced Energy.
The town of Apex received another grant to buy four electric vehicles and install charging stations at Town Hall. These stations will be for town use only.