Electric vehicle owners will receive an early Christmas present from Decatur.
Two new electric vehicle charging stations will be installed in the DeKalb city. One of the charging stations will be placed in the North McDonough parking loop in the downtown area and the other in the Oakhurst Village. Each charging station will serve two parking spaces.
These aren’t just any basic electric vehicle charging station. Hugh Saxon, Decatur deputy city manager, explained they are Level 2 stations due to the speed at which they can charge vehicles. So, if you take a couple of hours to shop and roam around the city, your vehicle should be fully charged or close to it, he said.
The new charging stations aren’t the only ones in town, but they are the only publicly owned stations. Decatur already has six privately owned charging stations available for the public to use.
Vehicle owners won’t have to pay for the electricity, but the North McDonough location has a two-hour parking limit.
Construction began Thursday for the downtown location and will begin Monday for the Oakhurst Village location.
Installation is expected to take seven to 10 days, weather permitting, Saxon said.
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