Longmont on Sunday will resume its $1 hourly fee for people charging their electric vehicles at municipal charging stations.
Resumption of the charge at city-owned stations follows two years of free service at those stations, Longmont Power and Communications officials said in a Wednesday news release.
Revenue from the fee will cover maintenance and operations costs for the five city-owned stations and allow Longmont to gradually invest in further electric vehicle infrastructure over time. Last year’s usage, which typically ran between 300 and 400 charging sessions per month would have generated $12,000 in fees.
Longmont Power and Communications PC first waived the charging fee in August 2019 after replacing its EV stations with newer ChargePoint sites.
Longmont Power and Communications Executive Director Dave Hornbacher said in Wednesday’s news release that the intent was to introduce Longmont to the new stations and encourage their use.
“We’ve been pleased to see our residents take advantage of these stations, which is another step towards reducing Longmont’s overall greenhouse gas production and creating a more sustainable community,” Hornbacher said. “This nominal fee will help ensure we can continue to offer this service and even expand it.”
Longmont City Council members unanimously declared their support during an April 20 study session for resuming collecting the $1 hourly fee.
Longmont now operates five city-owned charging stations, the most recent of which opened in September 2020.
City staff told the council in April that in 2020, 342 unique users used the five stations, with 3,714 individual charging sessions. More than 43,000 kilowatt hours of electricity were used to charge EVs at those stations. The average length of charging time at a city public EV station was three to four hours, and staff said a total of 17.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent was saved by having EVs charge at the stations.
The charging stations can be found at:
- The parking lot west of Kimbark Street between Third and Fourth avenues, outside the Development Services Center. .
- The Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road.
- The Longmont Library garage on the west side of the 400 block of Emery Street.
- The Longmont Service Center, 1100 S. Sherman St.
- The St. Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave.
More information about the chargers can be found online by going to longmontcolorado.gov/lpc and selecting “Electric Service” and “Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.”