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The City of Edmond and the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) have been awarded two grants totaling $50,505.60 to install ten public and workplace Level 2, dual charging stations for electric vehicles. The grant partnership was made possible because of a common interest in providing these amenities to Edmond residents and students.
The four locations chosen in the grants are at Mitch Park near the Senior Center and trails, the Service-Blake Soccer Complex, the City First Administration Building in downtown, and the UCO Nigh Center Visitor Parking Lot. Additional future public stations are being planned by Edmond Electric and currently include Show Biz Cinemas and the future Edmond Tennis Center on 15th Street. Edmond locations will be registered with the Alternative Fuel Data Center station locator tool at www.afdc.energy.gov.
“Electric Vehicles reduce emissions and save you money. These sites will also be powered by 100% domestic wind energy through Edmond Electric and the OMPA. The current plan is to have the stations in place before the end of October.” said Phil Jones, City of Edmond Sustainability Planner.
“UCO has long been committed to infrastructure upgrades that encourage sustainability. We’re happy to partner with the City to implement EV infrastructure for students, faculty, staff, and visitors who drive electric, and continue our tradition of promoting sustainable initiatives on campus and in our students’ lives,” said Eric Hemphill, UCO Manager-Sustainability and Alternative Transportation.
These two grants were received in coordination with the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) Clean Air Public Fleet Grant ($25,138.60), and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality 2019 Charge OK Grant Program ($25,367.00).
In addition to the City of Edmond, OnCue was also awarded money through the Charge OK Grant Program for a Level 3 fast charging station in Edmond. “OnCue is excited to have been awarded four Level 3 Fast Charging Stations, including the store on the southwest corner of 15th and I-35 in Edmond. It’s great to expand our alternative fuel offer and accommodate more Oklahomans as they make the switch to electric vehicles,” said Scott Minton, Director of Business Development at OnCue. “Now, our patrons can charge their vehicle while recharging themselves with our delicious food and drink options.”