CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx unveiled the city's new electric vehicle infrastructure system Monday morning at the Government Center's uptown parking garage.

Foxx says the pilot program will allow the city to determine the practicality of the system and see Charlotteans' interest in electric vehicles.

I see a lot more electric vehicles, said Foxx. This is something that is really going to get into the auto market place. As you know, over the next several years, the mileage rates for American made cars are going to double.

So you're going to see more and more electric vehicles on the road which is great for us from an economic development standpoint, but also from an environmental standpoint, he continued.

As part of the pilot program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, the city was able to purchaseseven all-electric Nissan Leafs and one Chevrolet Volt.

There will be 26 charging stations throughout the area as well.

  • 6 at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center's Parking Deck
  • 5 at the CATS I-485 Station Park and Ride Parking Deck
  • 5 at the CATSMallard Creek Park and Ride
  • 4 at the CATS Huntersville Gateway Park and Ride
  • 2 at North Tryon near the Square
  • 2 on South Tryon near the Mint Museum
  • 2 on South Boulevard near the Circle at South End Apartments

The charging stations will be free to use for the next few months. After that, the program will be re-evaluated.

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