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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Westport Getting New EV Charging Stations

By Dave Matlow

UPDATE Westport will soon have two additional advanced electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for public use.

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One of the new charging stations will be installed in the covered garage area (l) behind TD BankNorth at 185 Main St.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The new locations are at the rear of 185 Main St., behind TD BankNorth, and in the parking lot at 1460 Post Road East, the shopping center anchored by Pier One.

Building Official Steve Smith, who has been spearheading the installation of EV charging stations in Westport, said both stations will open “within a couple of months.” Charging stations now exist at the Metro-North Westport station and at the Tri-Town Teachers Federal Credit Union on Jesup Road.

The new stations will use what is known as level 3 technology, also called “DC Fast Charge,” requiring only 15 minutes to charge 80 percent of the electric car battery capacity, according to Maziar Dalaeli, founder of New York-based IPPsolar LLC.

The solar business is providing the chargers, which Dalaeli said his company is installing in 10 Connecticut communities. In addition to Westport, they include Greenwich, Darien, New Milford, Danbury, Meriden, and Waterbury.

He said an installation in Stamford is complete and will be operational soon. The Connecticut installations will be followed by ones planned for New York and New Jersey, for a total of 30 installations, Dalaeli said.

“Our services address the ‘range anxiety problem’ faced by electric vehicle owners who wish to travel longer distances,” he said. The 15 minute charge will extend the vehicle travel capability by 50-70 miles, he said.

Dalaeli said one criterion for the selection of the communities for charger installations is they need to be near high traffic arteries such as I-95. 

“Westport will gain additional exposure of electric vehicle travelers,” he said.

Dalaeli said IPPsolar is installing charging stations for EVs because “we produce and sell solar electricity (IPP= Independent Power Producer). So EVs would be a natural consumer of our product.

“Besides, we will make it truly a zero-emission proposition. What is the point of getting everyone to switch to EVs if EVs end up getting charged with power produced by coal plants?  It’s cleaner to burn gas than coal after all.”

As to the cost of charging, Daeaeli said EV users will pay for the charge every time they are charging.

“We have not finalized pricing yet, but it will be equal or less than the price of gas,” he said “Thus we can convince the skeptics with a financial argument if they don’t buy the environmental argument.”

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who pays for the charging? The taxpayers? If someone can afford a $100K Tesla why can’t they pay to charge their own cars. So will the charging stations have credit card readers? What will be the electric rate? Cheaper or more expensive than my home rate? The same? or?

Posted by hunter murtaugh on February 22, 2014 at 06:22 AM | #
 

Perhaps the article was updated after you posed your questions, but in the sentences right before your comments, it states that the users will pay for the charge every time they hook into the machines.  These should work just like the other charging stations we see at the area train station or the grocery stores, where the user swipes their credit cards. 
There are several models of electric vehicles that cost much less than even my Japanese brand, several made right here in the US, driving their dollars directly into our economy and staying here.

Posted by Elizabeth Thibault on February 22, 2014 at 10:24 PM | #
 

Thanks much for pointing this out to me. If it is indeed pay as you go, just as one pays for one’s own gasoline, then I have no criticism.

Posted by hunter murtaugh on February 23, 2014 at 01:03 AM | #