Mesa drivers now have access to eight electric vehicle charging stations in the city. The new Blink chargers were installed in October and are located at three city facilities including the Main Public Library, 64 E. 1st St.; Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.; and Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St.
“We believe it’s important to provide infrastructure that might encourage people to invest in technology like electric vehicles,” Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said in a release.
The new charger installation is part of the national EV Project, a $230 million public-private partnership to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure in test markets throughout the country. ECOtality, Inc. has been contracted by the U.S. Department of Energy to install the charging stations. Each station can recharge a fully depleted electric vehicle battery in four to six hours.
Users must first sign up for membership on the Blink network. Charging costs are set by ECOtality and are expected to run between $1 and $2 per hour based on the Blink membership level, a release states.