Worthington City Council approved an appropriation to install two electric-vehicle chargers in the city at a public hearing on Oct. 7.
The units will be at the Worthington Community Center, 345 E. Wilson Bridge Road, and in a municipal parking lot at 48 W. New England Ave., behind the closed Worthington Inn.
The ordinance was approved in a 6-0 vote, with Doug Foust absent.
David McCorkle, economic-development director for the city, said the cost for the two charging stations would be just under $165,000 and the appropriation is for $165,000.
McCorkle said the city will use ChargePoint as a hardware vendor and EV United as the contractor to install the chargers.
The city had teamed with Clean Fuels Ohio, a nonprofit organization that focuses on transportation energy and efficiency, for options on how to get the chargers installed. Andrew Conley, fleet-services director for Clean Fuels Ohio, said for Worthington to be eligible for the grant, the hardware had to come from one of two companies: ChargePoint or Greenlots.
Because it is a reimbursement program, the city is to receive funds after the chargers are installed, Conley said.
McCorkle said he had no updates for a third charging station that previously was mentioned for the Worthington Gateway project, which has a working address of 7007 N. High St. Witness Group’s Gateway mixed-use development is on the site of the former Holiday Inn that used the same address.
He said all costs for the two approved chargers would be covered 100 percent except for signs, but that would cost a few hundred dollars.
He said both chargers would be “fast” 240-volt or 480-volt chargers, and parking spaces in the lots would be identified for the placement of the chargers.
McCorkle said the city intends to install the new chargers by the end of the year.
Worthington will need to decide whether to offer the charging for free, do a hybrid approach or charge for everything, he said. McCorkle said the city has the ability to track how often the chargers are used and to regulate pricing.
Councilman David Robinson asked if ChargePoint hardware could be controlled by a third party.
Conley said that should be possible because the company complies with an open-charge-point protocol that allows its hardware to be used by other applications.
“ChargePoint certainly does not want to make it known that their software can be used by a third party,” he said.
Conley said the AAA Ohio Auto Club office, 90 E. Wilson Bridge Road, is the only location in Worthington that has an electric-vehicle charging station.
He said in July the number of electric vehicles registered in Worthington had increased from 66 in 2016 to 119 in 2018.