EV charging stations being installed in downtown Fort Wayne, with plans to add many more

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Max Maile looks forward to the installation of EV charging stations downtown. He spoke to WANE as he charged his Tesla at Meijer on Lima Road.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Three charging stations for electric vehicles are being installed in downtown Fort Wayne.

Three EV charging stations will open soon for business in the 200 block of East Wayne Street. Cost should be between $2 and $3 per hour.

The city of Fort Wayne told WANE 15 that the charging stations, located in the 200 block of East Wayne Street between Clinton and Barr streets, will be available for costumers soon.

The EV charging stations are part of a city-wide project, funded by a $90,000 grant through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Twenty-seven chargers will be installed around the city as part of the project, according to city spokesman John Perlich.

“The City is working with Charge Point and EV United on activating the chargers that are completed or nearly completed for the first major roll out,” Perlich wrote in an email. “There are currently two in the Skyline Garage, one at the Renaissance Pointe YMCA, three on Wayne Street and currently three under construction on Berry Street.”

Here is the list for the chargers to be installed next year:

  • Downtown Allen County Public Library
  • Wayne and Berry streets
  • Skyline Garage
  • Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
  • Jefferson Pointe
  • Foster Park
  • Meijer stores on Lima, Maysville and Dupont roads
  • Renaissance Pointe YMCA
  • Indiana Tech campus
  • the Allen County Public Safety Academy
  • and the Clyde Theater

Charge for the stations is estimated to cost between $2 and $3 per hour, Perlich said.

He added the city has received “positive feedback on the prospect of the charging stations going in.”

The orange cones should come down soon, once three EV charging stations are completed in the 200 block of East Wayne Street. A total of 27 EV charging stations are planned in the new year, the city says.

Thursday, Max Maile was charging his Tesla at one of 10  “super charging”  stations at   Meijer on Lima Road.  It costs between $7 and $9 to fully charge his vehicle in about 20 to 30 minutes, Maile said.

The range on his vehicle is about 300 miles. When he’s low on mileage, the vehicle makes suggestions on nearby charging stations, Maile said.

Maile believes the new charging stations downtown will be an asset to the community.

“I think it’s great to have more destination chargers so when you go in for part of a day or for an hour or two at a time you can charge and get a little bit more out of your battery,” Maile said. “I would certainly use those downtown. I didn’t know they were coming in.”

Sweetwater on Kroemer Road has a dual-head charger – one side for Tesla and the other side for other EVS, Heather Herron, Sweetwater spokeswoman said.

“They are used almost all day, every day, either by employees or guests,” Herron said.

Michael Galbraith, president and CEO of the Downtown Improvement District, says his organization will promote the EV charging stations once they’re installed.

Michael Galbraith, president and CEO of the Downtown Improvement District, says his organization will promote the EV charging stations once they’re installed.

“Looking around in the parking garages and on the streets, there are more and more of these vehicles,” Galbraith said this week. “Including that capability makes a lot of sense.”

According to data from the Department of Energy, Indiana currently lags in EV charging station installations, but has more than Kentucky. Indiana has 308 station locations compared to Kentucky’s 201. Ohio has 883 and Michigan, 769.

Throughout the U.S. there are nearly 50,000 charging stations with California leading the way with nearly 14,000.

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