Durham now has an electric car charging station! Activated on June 13, 2019, the charging station can accommodate two cars at a time in the rear of the parking lot.
The charging station was funded by a State of CT Bright Ideas Grant awarded to the Town of Durham for the energy efficiency initiatives pursued by the Durham Clean Energy and Sustainability Task Force. The grant covered the purchase of the charging station equipment as well as its installation costs.
Electric vehicle owners can activate the charger by tapping their “ChargePoint” card on the charger’s screen. Once activated, the driver plugs in and can recharge their car’s battery while they use the library, walk to the Post Office, or stroll Main Street. If the car’s battery is quite full, “topping up” the charge may take just minutes. A full charge for low battery can take a few hours. To finish the transaction, the driver taps their card on the charger again, and will be charged for electricity used.
The charger is administered by the ChargePoint company. Chargepoint has supplied a phone number on the charger in case of questions or issues with the charger. If a driver does not have a ChargePoint card, they can call the phone number and ChargePoint will then remotely activate the charger and will send the driver a card for future use. Visit www.chargepoint.com for more info.
The ChargePoint website has a charging station locator map to help drivers find car chargers locally and across the country. If anyone has questions about the car charger, please contact ChargePoint at the number listed on the charging station.
Durham is proud to join surrounding towns in making this clean energy technology available to CT drivers!