Downtown Columbus Gets its First Electric Car-Charging Station

COLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of the Dispatch

A ChargePoint electric car charger was recently installed in front of the Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center, at 300 Main St. The CLW board voted two months ago to lease the charger from the TVPA; the lease is scheduled for five years CLW director Todd Gale said.

The ChargePoint charger, which charges electric vehicles, was installed on Main Street in front of the Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center Wednesday – Photo by Jennifer Mosbrucker, Dispatch Staff

The fee is 75 cents per hour; different vehicles require different charging times. “It’s close to downtown, so people can park, shop around and leave,” Gale said. This one marks the 11th station within a 15-KM radius of Columbus, according to the ChargeHub companion app. Among other local car chargers are the ones at Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott and Hampton Inn and Suites, all off of Hwy 45. Note that the latter two locations offer charging services for Tesla vehicles only, while Fairfield’s is more broadly compatible. Columbus Nissan on MS-12 has a multi-brand charger, as well.

While the usage of electric cars in the state is still quite low, sales numbers are slowly growing. One potential contributing factor to a possible future growth in sales is the belief that, by 2025, the average price of an electric car will drop below that of gas-powered cars.

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