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Downtown Elizabethton: Electric vehicle charging station now available

BY BRITTNEE NAVE
STAR CORRESPONDENT
On your mark, get set…charge!
 
Downtown Elizabethton now has an electric vehicle charging station. 
 
This new station comes from a partnership between Elizabethton Electric System, Seven States Power Corporation, and the City of Elizabethton. 
 
Logan Engle, Director of Planning & Economic Development, expressed hope towards the potential benefits this charging station could bring to the area. 
 
“The City of Elizabethton is excited to partner with Elizabethton Electric System and Seven States Power Corporation in order to provide a convenient electric vehicle charging station for residents and visitors,” said Engle.
 
“By having this station in one of our city’s public parking lots, it is our hope that we can further attract those with electric cars as well as increase economic vitality in our downtown.”
 
Like Engle, Courtney Washburn, director of the Mainstreet Program, is thrilled with the new opportunity.
 
“We as Mainstreet are excited about this new opportunity,” she said. “This is a really great opportunity because it aligns with our growth in downtown.”
 
Washburn described how the new charging station is a great fit for downtown.
 
“Downtown is the center and the hub of our community, so it’s great to have this charging station in the center of our community,” she said.
 
According to Washburn, the station fits in great for locals, visitors and even the car show where there are some electric vehicles. 
 
The charging station is located downtown in the City of Elizabethton public parking lot outside the Elizabethton Insurance Building and is a ChargePoint Level 2 electric vehicle charger.
 
This station is capable of charging 2 cars simultaneously at 7 kW per car.
 
On average, a charge can deliver 25-30 miles of range per hour. Users will pay through the ChargePoint App based on the length of time charging.
 
Drivers can download the ChargePoint app through Apple or Android devices. The cost per hour is one dollar. Another charging station is available at Milligan University. 
 
“We welcome those with electric vehicles to utilize this charging station and they can charge their vehicle while they shop local, the dine local and they enjoy our beautiful downtown,” said Washburn.