A public and private partnership between the City of Lodi, Lodi Utilities, and Bushnell Ford has resulted in the installation of a publicly available electric vehicle (EV) charger. EVs, which operate exclusively on electricity and have zero tailpipe emissions, are growing in popularity. In 2019, EVs accounted for 2.5% of global car sales; by 2021, they accounted for close to 9%. With major automakers pledging to electrify their fleets, that number is expected to continue to grow.
The Level 2 Blink IQ EV charger was chosen to decrease charging time. It provides approximately 65 miles of a charge in an hour. Visitors can use the Blink app to see the charger location and availability. A Blink membership is required until the company provides an update that allows credit card use. The proximity of the charger to the downtown means visitors have access to restaurants and shops while waiting for their vehicle to charge. With the growing popularity of electric vehicles, more and more vehicle owners are looking for a place to charge their vehicle while they visit.
Purchased for $11,625, the city and utility were reimbursed for $9,625 of the cost by their not-for-profit, wholesale power provider WPPI Energy. WPPI Energy supports EV technology initiatives such as this one. Bushnell Ford contributed $2,000 towards the purchase price. The EV charger is located near the corner of Columbus St and Spring St in the Bushnell Ford parking lot and is available for public use.
“We are excited to partner with Bushnell Ford to bring Lodi its first publicly available electric vehicle charging station,” stated Mayor Ann Groves Lloyd. “Investing in this advanced technology can improve air quality, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and continue to foster our local economy. Simply put, this project is a win for Lodi.”
Lodi Utilities is a locally owned, not-for-profit utility serving homes and businesses in Lodi, WI. The utility is a member-owner of wholesale power supplier WPPI Energy.