SAN ANTONIO -- CPS Energy has installed 120 electric vehicle charging stations throughout San Antonio as part of a federally-funded research project.
The project is funded through a Department of Energy grant aimed at putting the infrastructure in place to increase the adoption of electric vehicles.
According to a press release, the stations will be strategically located throughout the city. Charging sites include Wonderland of the Americas, UTSA, St. Philip’s College, Bexar County, University Health System, HEB, Santikos Theatres and Port of San Antonio.
“As more and more car companies introduce electric vehicles into the market, the timing for this EV charging station research project is ideal,” said Elaina Ball, CPS Energy’s vice president of technical services and energy solutions. “Having this infrastructure in place allows us to learn about the infrastructure technology, electrical system impacts, and EV drivers’ needs and behaviors.
The stations are 240-volt, Level 2 ChargePoint stations that allow electric vehicle owners to fully charge the vehicle's battery within four to eight hours, depending on the make and model. The initial cost for using the public charging stations will b $1 per hour with a two hour minimum.
CPS Energy and the City of San Antonio are also offering a 50 percent rebate of the actual cost and installation of a Level 2 residential charging station, up to a maximum of $1,000.