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Leon County launches car charging stations

Posted: 4:56 AM, Jun 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-29 02:23:17-04
Leon County launches car charging stations
Leon County launches car charging stations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon County is continuing its push to become more environmentally friendly by launching the first of many car charging stations.

WTXL ABC's Jada Williams joins us live from the one station.

It's pretty simple. You just plug your car in and wait for it to charge. There's even a timer to let you know how long it will take.

This station is at the Leroy Collins Main Public Library, but very soon others just like that one will pop up across town.

This particular location was a good inaugural location because of the number of visitors per day and because of its central location.

Leon County is installing these stations to reduce greenhouse emissions, better serve the community and inspire Leon County residents to go green.

"Some people might have a barrier to getting an electric vehicle because there might not be a lot of car charging stations, especially ones that are free," said Tessa Schreiner, a recycling and sustainability manager."So Leon County decided to do a pilot program to see how much charging stations might be used."

Schreiner says electric vehicles have tripled in the state of Florida since 2011. That's just another reason Leon County feels the need to provide this service.

The electric vehicle charging station can charge all new generation electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

By the end of the summer, Leon County will also install one SemaConnect electric vehicle charging station at the Leon County Eastside Branch Library, which is on Pedrick Road.