Worthington’s new electric-vehicle chargers will start charging at 30 cents per minute, with costs subject to change.
Worthington City Council on Jan. 21 approved a motion to start pricing at that rate.
Council members also gave city officials discretion to change the per-minute pricing after more data is collected so the city breaks even on cost.
The two 250-volt “fast” charging stations made by ChargePoint are in a municipal parking lot at 48 W. New England Ave. behind the closed Worthington Inn and the Worthington Community Center, 345 W. Wilson Bridge Road, and they are expected to be up and running in the next two weeks, city spokesperson Anne Brown said Jan. 27.
Brown said American Electric Power has to certify each station is working, turn on the power and then add the stations to the ChargePoint app.
She said although the city has no exact timeframe for the procedure, it should be completed in the next week or two.
“We do expect it to happen soon,” she said.
According to economic-development director, David McCorkle, staff members would adjust the rate for the chargers based on usage in an attempt to break even for the cost of electricity and fees from ChargePoint.
“We referenced in our memo that a place to start would be 30 cents per minute,” he said, referring to a document included in council’s Jan. 21 agenda. “I do think that’s a little high.”
He said after the initial data-usage figures are recorded and determining how much AEP would charge per kilowatt, the city would be able to determine the per-minute rate.
“The more electricity is used, the lower the price per kilowatt,” he said.
McCorkle said the city has little data on which to base rates because Worthington is one of the first communities to install the “fast” type of chargers.
To use the chargers, he said, users would pay through a ChargePoint account and swipe their card, similar to a gas station, he said.
The customer would be charged by ChargePoint, and ChargePoint would send the money to the city.
McCorkle said the price for the charging stations would be visible on the monitor and on the ChargePoint app, which shows rates for chargers in the area. The app is available for free on the Google Play store and Apple’s app store.
“They can see that rate well in advance,” he said.
He said most vehicles should be able to charge from 0% to full in 30 to 45 minutes.
Council member Rachael Dorothy asked if any penalty would be assessed for parking in the spaces too long or when a vehicle isn’t charging.
Law director Tom Lindsey said no penalty is in place, but it could be revisited at a later date.
“We’re trying to attract visitors and don’t want to leave a bad taste in their mouth,” Dorothy said. “I do think we need to revisit this.”