Denver International Airport said it has completed one of the first major public installations of commercial Level 1 electric vehicle charging systems in the country. The project, which kicked off in late August, was handled by Telefonix, an Illinois based company.
The charging stations, free to the public to use after they pay to park in the airport’s garages, are located five each in both the east and west garages. Special designated parking spaces for electric and plug-in vehicles are where one can leave a car such as the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt for a recharge while heading off somewhere on a flight.
Airport officials said the Level 1 charging option was chosen over faster Level 2 chargers typically found in such installations because they are “efficient, inexpensive, cost far less to install and will meet the needs of airport customers.” It is estimated these stations will provide a full charge to most plugged-in vehicles in around eight hours, which should be plenty of time given the average airport customer parks for 1.4 days.
“Denver International Airport is already one of the most environmentally friendly airports in the world,” said Kim Day, Denver’s Manager of Aviation, in a statement [PDF]. “These new charging stations are a continuation of our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. At the same time, we’re addressing the evolving needs of our customers by adding a safe, convenient way for them to charge their electric vehicles at the airport.”
The chargers join other green initiatives at Denver’s airport, such as lots of on site solar energy.