The City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations (OSI), in collaboration with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), is working to expand public electric vehicle (EV) charging in downtown parking facilities. The city’s sustainability goals include providing access to public EV charging, which is one of the primary ways a city can support the transition to electric vehicles.
As part of this work, the city and DDA are supporting the installation of 80 electric vehicle charging ports in seven parking structures, more-than doubling the number of public charging points in the public parking system. Parking structures receiving new or additional chargers include:
- Fourth and William.
- Library Lane.
- Liberty Square.
“We are excited to see this significant expansion of EV charging infrastructure in our downtown and are thankful for the collaboration with the DDA,” says Ann Arbor Sustainability and Innovations Director Missy Stults. “We know that having widely available EV charging infrastructure is important to facilitating the transition to vehicle electrification and see this effort, along with others the office is undertaking, as key to support the community in reducing emissions from vehicles.”
In the next few weeks, as the installations are occurring in a staggered manner, the install team will do its best to ensure charger downtime in garages is limited, and signage will be posted to communicate any downtimes. During the installation process, charger usage will remain free, however, once the installation is complete, users will be charged for the energy they use to power their vehicles.
The city and DDA are working collaboratively to set usage rules and pricing to maximize the availability of these spaces. Pricing information will be made available as soon as it is finalized.
For more information on A2ZERO, the City of Ann Arbor’s climate and equity plan, visit www.a2zero.org.