Championing the EV Charge
With the sale of plug-in electric vehicles (EV) rising across the nation, OUC has ensured that Orlando is ready for them. Since 2010, we have installed 140 public charging stations as part of Project Get Ready, a collaboration between the industry and government to promote the EV movement, and helped make Orlando a national leader in electric transportation. To date, the stations have provided more than 17,000 charging sessions, resulting in avoidance of 46,510 kilograms (kg) of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions.
OUC’s own fleet of nine EVs are used for service calls and showcased at community events for educational purposes. Also, OUC is one of only a few utilities throughout the country to test Nissan's new all electric E-NV200 cargo van. So while they’re counseling customers on how to make their homes and businesses more efficient, conservation specialists are walking the walk, or rather driving the drive, when it comes to efficiency.
As part of OUC’s commitment to alternative fuels and efficient transportation, three of our eight electric-vehicle charging stations at Reliable Plaza are powered by the sun. Located in our parking garage, the 16-panel solar array provides a total of 2.8 kilowatts of power to charge the vehicles. The garage has been pre-wired for two more stations that can be connected to OUC power as we add more electric cars to our fleet.
At night or on a cloudy day when the sun is not shining, the power is drawn from Reliable Plaza. And when the sun is shining but no car is charging, the power is fed back into the building.
OUC can access a special website to track real-time information and total system usage for its charging stations. At 208V or 240V, a full charge takes about four hours. OUC recently installed five Direct Current (DC) Fast Chargers in Orlando, which charge up to 80 percent of an EV's battery capacity in 30 minutes or less. It is the fastest charging method available and is used for commercial charging. Plug-in drivers can go to mychargepoint.com to locate available charging stations nationwide. Users register with Chargepoint to set up an account that links to their credit card or key fob. The cost for the power is billed by Chargepoint.
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