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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Installed In Bloomington

Two electric charging stations have been installed in parking garages in downtown Bloomington.

Nissan Leaf

Photo: NCDOT (Flickr)

A Nissan Leaf charges at an electric charging station. The Leaf is one of the car models that runs largely off electricity rather than gasoline.

Electric vehicle charging stations are now available in two downtown Bloomington parking garages.

When President Barack Obama campaigned in 2008 he pledged to have one million alternative-energy vehicles on the roads by 2015. As the industry grows, communities are beginning to invest in charging stations for electric cars.

Bloomington Sustainability Director Jacqui Bauer says the charging stations in two Bloomington parking garages are part of a pilot program.

“It will let us evaluate the demand for electric vehicle charging stations ,and it will also allow us to take steps toward diversifying our transportation system,” she says.

Duke energy owns the charging systems and charges 50-cents per hour. Bauer says electric vehicles can have a big impact on a power grid and Duke wants to be able to measure how that will affect the company’s operations.

“They want to gauge what the impact of this new technology is going to be on the power that they have to provide to the community,” she says.

Bauer says Duke and the city will determine whether to continue the program after evaluating the stations for a two year period.  The garages equipped with the devices are located at 7th and Walnut and 7th and College.

Kyle Clayton

Kyle Clayton is a WFIU news producer. He is currently studying journalism at Indiana University and comes to WFIU following an internship in the fall of 2011. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned home to Indiana in 2008 to begin his education and pursue his interests in writing.

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  • Stevedj_98

    Just to clarify the photo caption, the Nissan LEAF is 100% electric–it uses no gasoline at all.  I drive a LEAF.  It is the best car I’ve ever owned–and I’m 65 years old.  Powerful, responsive, comfortable, and a kick to drive.  The LEAF is a real car, not a glorified golf cart.  Satellite radio, GPS navigation, back-up camera, Bluetooth for five separate devices.  No gas, no oil, no transmission fluid, no muffler, no catalytic converter.

  • Davisc123

    The LEAF is a good car, but I bought a Volt because of the extended electric capability, when it uses a small gasoline engine that runs a generator to keep the battery charged.  Because of the electric motor’s torque all these cars have great response, reminding one of a muscle car without the noise or pollution.  Anyway, it’s great to see these charging stations being installed.  There are two more at College Mall, just outside Target and Radio Shack.

  • delia3630

    Yes, great – I own the Focus, total electric also. I concur with all you say. I have owned probably 12 or so new cars in my lifetime and this one is the most exciting to own and drive.

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