City of St. Charles, Illinois Agrees to Foot the Bill For Public’s Use of Newly Installed Chargers


Typically, when a public charger goes in the ground nowadays there’s almost always a charging fee attached to it.  Sometimes there’s a grace period when charging is free, but that usually doesn’t last long these day.

That’s not the case in St. Charles, Illinois where a ChargePoint Level 2 multi-vehicle charger was installed at the city’s First Street garage.

The city of St. Charles has vowed to foot the charging bill indefinitely.  It seems the city is not concerned over the slight cost of charging.  As the Daily Herald reports:

“City electric services manager Thomas Bruhl said the city will pay the cost of the charging. He said each two-hour charge is approximately 60 cents. He and the city estimate yearly costs for electricity at about $300. In contrast, the city’s budget for all electricity usage is $40 million annually.”

The charging unit is set up so that it provides two hours of free charging, at which time the charging station user either must disconnect his or her vehicle or be charged a pre-determined fee to continue charging.

The 2-hour free idea is to encourage EV drivers to only consumer the juice they need and to kindly move their vehicles so that others have access.

The city of St. Charles did receive $6,000 from the state of Illinois to purchase and install the charger.  St. Charles says that its out-of-pocket cost was still ~$6,000.

Source: Daily Herald

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15 Comments on "City of St. Charles, Illinois Agrees to Foot the Bill For Public’s Use of Newly Installed Chargers"

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Does anybody know how to use a charge point charger without having them attached to your bank account??? We have never used a public charger in the 2 years we have owned EVs but may need to use one now since my girlfriend is in college. They have 4 free outlets at the college but every once in a while they are full. Thanks, for any help, BC

When I signed up for Chargepoint, I put $25 on my Chargepoint card. I can reload it w/a credit card. I never tied anything to a bank account.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

They don’t have to be linked to a credit card, but if they aren’t they will only work with free charge stations. Mine’s linked to the Austin charger program, and did not work in Round Rock. If I’d attached a CC to my account it would have worked, but nuts to paying $2 or more for ~3kWh.

I agree, I just want it for my GFs peace of mind. Thats worth more than 25 bucks to me LOL

When I signed up, I think $25 was the min allowed amount, or I could get the free card and not be able to use chargers that cost $. Not knowing all the chargers around me were free, I went with the $25, I’m not sure if/when I’ll ever be able to use the $25, but oh well. At least I know it’s there if I run across one that ever chargers $.

I paid $5 for my CP card in 2012, and never had to attach it to anything.

Where did you get it? Chargepoint dot com or something?

I did this option in 2012.

All Access
Access all stations, get your first two ChargePoint cards FREE!
This option requires you to put a credit card on file with an initial deposit of $25.00.

There’s about 20 public chargers around me and all of them are free to use.

Oh, the initial 25 you put on the chargepoint card was with a credit card?

Same here. We have 30+ charging stations that were supposed to be free for two years for testing purposes. The deadline has passed and they are still free. I’m guessing that the City found out the electricity has not been that expensive in the grand scheme of things.

It is not the electricity, it is the cost of the station, installation, and maintenance that needs to be accounted. Who paid for that?

The initial cost of the station and installation was paid for by the Federal Reinvestment Act of 2009. Currently, the electricity is being paid for by the local power company. The ongoing maintenance isn’t all that much. They probably spend far more keeping 1000 parking meters running. Personally, I have only seen one out of commission in the last two years.

Yeah, people need to realize how cheap the electricity is for these public chargers . . . a few hundred bucks a year.

There were some idiots somewhere that got outraged over a charging system because the tax-payers were funding the bill on the electricity. So they paid thousands of dollars to remove the system that they paid thousands of dollars to install. That money could have powered the charger for more than a decade. Crazy.

Yeah, North Carolina did that. Backwards idiots.