Reynoldsburg approved the installation of three electric-vehicle charging stations at public parking lots, using grant funds to finance them.

City Council on Nov. 25 unanimously approved an ordinance that paves the way for the charging stations through an AEP Ohio incentive program that covers up to 100% of the estimated $183,336 cost.

AEP Ohio's Commercial Electric-Vehicle Charging Station Incentive is a $10 million program launched last year to fund up to 375 EV charging stations throughout the AEP Ohio service territory, according to an "incentive reservation" letter from AEP to the city.

Two charging stations will be installed at the community-center YMCA, currently under construction on Davidson Drive, and one is planned for a newly opened public parking lot at the northwest corner of East Main Street and Lancaster Avenue, said development director Andrew Bowsher.

All three charging stations are expected to be operational next year.

Under the terms of the AEP program, the city would cover the upfront costs of wiring and installing the charging stations and then would apply for reimbursement once they are operational, he said. The AEP program includes a four-year service contract with Dublin-based EV United/ChargePoint to install and maintain the charging stations.

The maintenance is about an extra 20%, included in the $183,336 cost. Also included is the processing of credit cards, which is how users pay in a process similar to newer parking meters. Drivers would pay the current rate for the electricity.

There are more than 150 public charging stations in the greater Columbus area and seven in Reynoldsburg area, according to plugshare.com, a website that tracks EV charging-station locations nationwide.

All those in or near Reynoldsburg are at such businesses as banks, hotels and car dealerships.

The EV program would require the city to operate the charging stations for at least four years and share data about their use with AEP Ohio. The city would own the equipment and after four years could relocate the chargers or remove them altogether if they are not used, Bowsher said.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at City Hall, 7232 E. Main St.

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