Locals and guests could quickly have new spots to cost their electrical autos: At proposed charging stations close to the county authorities’s Authorities Providers Constructing. 

Florida Energy & Gentle has approached the Flagler County authorities with a proposal to put in a set of EV charging stations as a part of a statewide pilot program, and can cowl the $30,000-$50,000 set up price if the county covers as much as about $50 per thirty days per station for electrical energy, County Administrator Jerry Cameron stated at a Feb. 15 County Fee assembly.

“It’s, I imagine, a rare alternative,” he stated. 

FPL is putting in 600 such stations throughout the state, Cameron stated.

The Palm Coast metropolis authorities already has charging electrical at its Metropolis Corridor.

“It is an amazing profit to workers and likewise an amazing profit to the folks that need to do enterprise with the county,” Cameron stated. “It does actually promote the swap to electrical vehicles, and it is considered by me as a chance.”

“I feel there is a great profit to having a variety of charging stations.”

 

— ANDY DANCE, Flagler County commissioner

The county’s common providers director will work with FPL on the place, precisely, to position the stations — probably on the street linking the Authorities Providers Constructing to the county courthouse, Cameron stated. He requested for the fee’s consensus to maneuver ahead with an settlement with FPL.

 Commissioner David Sullivan had considerations. 

“To not be a Debbie Downer right here, however here is my drawback,” Sullivan stated. “We will use taxpayer cash to pay for individuals’s gasoline, primarily — electrical energy. And as you stated, it prices $50 a month … so the individuals who’ve an electrical automotive will get primarily free energy to drive their automotive round.”

“Effectively,” Cameron replied, “If there is a public profit to it, that’s not an uncommon — “

“Nevertheless it’s a person profit,” Sullivan stated. “The one that has the electrical automotive will get payment energy.”

Cameron stated the county provides out free masks and free hand sanitizer.

Sullivan requested why the stations could not merely be put in with bank card readers so individuals may pay for their very own energy.

“If we put in it ourself, we may do this,” Cameron stated, “and it will take us a very long time at $50 per charging station to recoup what we would lose.”

Commissioner Andy Dance stated that when he’d thought of getting an electrical car himself, the draw back was the proximity of charging stations, given the autos’ restricted vary. 

“I feel there is a great profit to having a variety of charging stations,” Dance stated. “I feel the growth of charging models on the varied spots across the county is a profit. We have now so many individuals coming to the constructing for all kinds of makes use of. It looks like a logical growth.”

Sullivan stated that if the proposal is simply an experimental undertaking, it could be OK.

Cameron stated it is an incubator: As soon as there are sufficient charging stations, extra individuals will get electrical vehicles, and that can spur non-public corporations to construct credit score card-based charging stations.

Different commissioners favored the stations, and Cameron stated he’ll transfer ahead with the FPL settlement.