CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – While traffic zips by in downtown Centerville burning fuel, there is a green alternative just one turn away.
Jennifer Wilder, assistant to the city manager says, “Electric charging stations fell in line with our city council’s sustainability goals and we thought it was a perfect opportunity to take advantage of an existing grant.”
The matching grant from Clean Fuels Ohio was for $7,000. In January of 2013, two charging stations were plugged in and ready to go. While there aren’t a lot of electric cars in Dayton, the stations are getting put to good use.
“We’ve had almost 100 vehicles charge between the two stations. We get a phone call once or twice a month saying, hey, we found your station in Centerville. Thank you so much,” says Wilder.
City leaders hope that by putting the charging stations in a business district drivers will shop or grab a bite to eat while their cars are charging.
Stephanie VanBerger has been driving a Prius hybrid all throughout college. It was a hand me down from her parents. She likes the fact she only has fill up every two weeks.
Stephanie VanBerger says, “My sister doesn’t have a hybrid and she pays a lot more for gas than I do. It’s really nice not to have to pay more than that.”
She says she will likely stick with the same model for her next car. “Yeah actually, because I am so lucky not to fill up so much I may get another hybrid.”
There are several websites like plugshare.com and even an app for those with electric cars.
If drivers are passing through the area and need a quick charge they can find Centerville’s charging stations and plug in. City officials say this is a great way to put their city on the map.