City of Santa Fe Announces Its First Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Editor | - August 8, 2012

Railyard parking garage offers green option

The City of Santa Fe now has two electric vehicle charging stations open to the public.  Housed in the Railyard Parking Garage on the first floor, the stations are known as ‘Level One’ stations, which means that small electric vehicles, such as electric motorcycles, can be charged within three hours and larger vehicles such as the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf or any Tesla cars can be topped off.

“The city wants to encourage cleaner, greener ways to get around. These charging stations make us a more user-friendly community for electric vehicles and provides another way for Santa Fe to help reduce carbon emissions,“ says Mayor David Coss.

The city of Santa Fe has plans to provide Level Two charging stations at its parking garages.  These stations will allow for faster charging (fully charging a larger vehicle within eight hours).  In order to provide clean, renewable energy to these charging stations, the city has installed a solar electric system at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and plans to install similar systems at its other garages.

“Demand is increasing for charging stations, so it’s great to be able to offer this to residents and visitors. Coupled with solar systems producing the electricity, this is the cleanest way to get around. The more people use it the faster the city’s investment will be paid back,“ said Nick Schiavo, energy specialist for the City of Santa Fe.

Payment for charging will be collected along with the parking fee and costs $0.25 per hour or a maximum of $1.00 for the day.