The city of El Paso, Texas has become one of the latest to bring a network of electric vehicle chargers online. The chargers fall under the Blink brand, meaning they’ve been designed by troubled electric vehicle charging tech company Ecotality, and look like they are of the Level 2 fast charge variety.
The charging stations are available for public use and are located in various areas around the city including Sun Metro terminals and the Airport. The City of El Paso, in partnership with the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), El Paso Community College, and the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP), used a $256,000 state grant from the Texas State Energy Conservation Office’s Transportation Efficiency Program to install 32 of them, in some cases with more than one station per location. An example of this is found at the city’s airport, which has four chargers that can be used free of charge.
UTEP has also used additional funding to install various other stations throughout the UTEP campus, according to a news release. As for how many electric cars actually exist in the immediate area to make use of them, there’s no number readily identified by local officials, noted an article in the El Paso Times.
“We realize that the real key to encouraging electric vehicle use in this community is to provide the infrastructure so drivers are not stranded without power,” said Marty Howell, Director of Economic Development and Sustainability for the City of El Paso, in a statement. “That’s exactly why the City of El Paso, along with its partners, has committed to providing an increasing number of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city.”