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Mesa installs 8 electric car chargers at public sites

PHOENIX — Driving around Mesa is now more convenient for those who own electric cars.

According to a press release from the City of Mesa, “The new Blink chargers are located at three City facilities including the Main Public Library, 64 E. First Street, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street and Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center Street.”

City leaders are counting on more visitors who worry less about being stranded in the East Valley.

“We believe it’s important to provide infrastructure that might encourage people to invest in technology like electric vehicles,” said Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.

According to information provided by the city, “the new charger installation is part of the national EV project, a $230 million public-private partnership to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure in test markets throughout the country.

“Ecotality, Inc. has been contracted by the U.S. department of energy to install the charging stations.”

The eight stations are level two, or 240 volt A/C input chargers. Fully depleted batteries can recharge in up to six hours.

There is a fee for the service.