LG&E and KU representatives gathered Nov. 17 with Louisville-area officials and Butchertown neighborhood business leaders to unveil the utility’s first publicly available electric vehicle charging station in Louisville.
Located in the 1100 block of East Washington Street, the charging station is among the first of 20 public stations LG&E and KU will install across the service territories through the company’s new Electric Vehicle Charging Station Program, approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission in April.
“Unveiling this charging station represents the first of many public stations we plan to install across our service territories,” said Paul W. Thompson, chief operating officer. “Building additional charging station infrastructure across Kentucky will help meet the growing needs of electric vehicle drivers and provide greater access to regional charging stations for our customers who are concerned about their transportation environmental footprint.”
Electric vehicle drivers who use the charging stations will pay an hourly fee. While exact fees and local taxes will vary depending on the location of each station, the average rate is about $3 per hour. The charging stations have an estimated power range of about 25 miles per hour of charging.
The stations include the latest safety features — like charging plugs that lock in the stand when not in use — and use digital display screens and convenient quick-pay options.
Through the program, commercial customers also can host electric vehicle charging stations at their locations for public or private use. Earlier this month, Yum! Brands became the utilities’ first commercial customer to host charging stations for employees at its Louisville campus.