EV Charging Program For U.S. House Of Representatives Moves Forward

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U.S. Capitol Hill. Credit: Shutterstock
U.S. Capitol Hill. Credit: Shutterstock
Last August, the U.S. government agreed to install plug-in electric vehicle charging stations in the U.S. House of Representatives’ parking garages. The program is now moving forward.

Users can pay either $8 per day to charge the vehicles, or $27 per month.

The fees are supposed to cover the cost of the power and the cost of implementing the program, which doesn’t seem to include special EV chargers, just parking spaces near typical electricity outlets. The cost of implementation is said to be $1,000, which is expected to be paid back over the course of 10 years (assuming just 4 participants).

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“As we implement this program, we will investigate appropriate and cost-effective metering technologies that can be utilized and will coordinate with our committee staff accordingly,” said House Office Buildings Superintendent William M. Weidemeyer. “Our plan was chosen to minimize parking assignment logistics, initial capital construction cost, and ensure program implementation results in no cost to the taxpayer.”

The government should set an example for everyone by encouraging electric vehicle usage among themselves, so it’s good to see the House taking the lead on this matter.

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