Electric car charging stations coming to Mercer

jmink@macon.comApril 24, 2013 

Electric car charging stations are being installed on Mercer University’s campus, the university announced Wednesday.

With the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, two charging stations are in the process of being installed. One station will be at the Emily Parker Myers Admissions and Welcome Center. A second station is being installed in the parking lot of Mercer Village.

The U.S. Department of Energy grant was matched by Ecotality, a company that plans to place and operate 10,000 stations throughout the nation, including the two at Mercer. Mercer’s stations are part of a group of 30, which the Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition acquired for Macon, the news release states.

A full charge takes about three hours, and drivers can swipe their credit cards to pay a fee for each hour of charge, according to the news release.

“This will be a great addition to the Mercer Village and the Mercer campus,” J.R. Olive, program coordinator with College Hill Alliance, said in the news release. “It’s great for the environment, and it’s great for us.”

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