New charging station to be built in Matthews

February 13, 2014 by  

Construction of a Level 3 charging station next to the PNC Bank has recently been approved by the Matthews Board of Commissioners. Most likely, the board is using flyer printing to make those in the community aware of this DC fast charger, which will be able to charge an electrically powered car in 15 to 20 minutes. It is expected that the charging station will be online in April.

North Carolina is rolling out an initiative for plug-in electric vehicles and Matthews is one of the 20 sites participating in this program.

The United States Department of Energy and Nissan North America are paying for the station by means of a grant, so there will be no cost to the town for the station. The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition at Centralina Council of Governments is providing technical support for the project.

The station will be built, maintained, and upgraded as needed by Brightfield Transportation Solutions from Asheville and will be licensed by the town for the next 10 years. Those who use the station will pay a fee, collected by Brightfield, somewhere in the $10 range.

Danny Phillips of Phillips Energy Systems is also planning to build a Level 3 charging station with up to six Level 2 chargers down the road from Matthews in Mint Hill at Fraziers Grocery.