Williamsburg Debuts First Public Electric Car Charging Station

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The two charging plugs are located on the first floor of the Prince George Street parking garage. (Ian Brickey/WYDaily)
The two charging plugs are located on the first floor of the Prince George Street parking garage. (Ian Brickey/WYDaily)

Electric car drivers in the City of Williamsburg have a new option to power up their green machines.

City workers have completed the installation of the first municipally operated electric vehicle charging station in the Prince George Parking garage in downtown Williamsburg. The station features two chargers, which can recharge two electric cars in three to six hours.

The two plugs, which are level 2 J1772 plugs, are made of plastic and metal and are shaped like standard gas pumps.

The pilot program was included as one of the city’s biennial Goals, Initiatives and Outcomes, which lays out the city’s aspirations for the next two years, and was installed at a cost of $7,900. The station is free to use for electric car drivers.

“This pilot project brings a new green amenity to downtown,” Mayor Clyde Haulman said in a news release. “We are not only providing convenient and free station access to those who want to visit, shop and eat downtown, but we are also furthering the City’s commitment to environmental sustainability.”

The new charging station is the fifth electric vehicle charging station in Williamsburg. Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites and the Williamsburg Lodge both feature gas-electric hybrid car charging stations reserved for use by Colonial Williamsburg guests. Two other charging stations are held by private owners in the city.

While use of the plugs is free, the parking garage is not. A stay of 30 minutes or less is free. Longer stays cost $1 per hour, up to a maximum of $12 a day. Overnight parking is prohibited. (Ian Brickey/WYDaily)
While use of the plugs is free, the parking garage is not. A stay of 30 minutes or less is free. Longer stays cost $1 per hour, up to a maximum of $12 a day. Overnight parking is prohibited. (Ian Brickey/WYDaily)

State and local officials gathered in April to celebrate the opening of James City County’s first public car charging station in New Town.

City Spokeswoman Lee Ann Hartmann said the city did not have immediate plans to install additional charging stations, but would monitor the use of the Prince George Street station to determine whether additional stations would be warranted.

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