Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Added to City Parking Garage
Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin today joined Christopher Burk from Pickering & Associates, Marty Weirick from the Electric Auto Association, City Director of Parking Terri Allen, members of Charleston City Council and members of the Green Team to unveil two new electric vehicle charging stations on the first floor of the Shanklin Parking Garage located at 501 Virginia Street East. The parking spaces with chargers are located on the first floor near the office in the metered parking area and will be used exclusively for e-charging. There is no fee for using the charging stations; however, parking rates will apply at $1 per hour during enforcement hours.
The charging stations were donated by Dr. Charles “Chip” Pickering and Pickering Energy Solutions.
“Charleston is working to become a more energy efficient City. These charging stations, graciously donated by Dr. Pickering, will provide residents and visitors with options to charge electric vehicles,” said Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin. “As of September 2021, West Virginia had a ratio of 6.75 electric vehicles per charging port, according to the website EVAdoption. As we see the demand for electric vehicles increase, charging ports will need to be more readily available. These additions help meet this demand.”
“It’s an honor to partner with the City of Charleston to provide additional charging station options,” says Dr. Chip Pickering. “Pickering Energy Solutions and Pickering Associates believes in creating a culture of sustainability within our Company and through the services we provide to our clients. We are committed the concepts of altruism, social responsibility, and sustainability.”
During the press conference, the first vehicle was charged using these new chargers. The new charging stations are ready for use immediately.