As Electric Car Buying Accelerates, Charleston Adds Charging Stations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Electric vehicle owners now have a place to fuel up in West Virginia’s capital.

Two charging stations have been added to the first floor of the Shanklin car park, next to the town hall.

The garage is located at 501 Virginia Street East.

Although charging a vehicle is free, drivers will be required to charge the meter while parked inside the garage.

As gas prices rise and more people switch to electric vehicles, Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said Tuesday that more charging stations are needed.

“You look at the mayors of this whole area, some are actually moving their fleet to all electric vehicles,” Mayor Shuler Goodwin said. “You know, it’s something we talked about. It will definitely be a long game as we move forward, but that’s the future. Make no mistake about it.”

Mayor Shuler Goodwin says there are currently no plans to add additional charging stations, but officials are looking at potential sites on the east end and west end of town.

Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin was joined by Christopher Burk of Pickering & Associates, Marty Weirick of the West Virginia Electric Auto Association, Council Member Emmett Pepper, Parking Lot Manager Terri Allen and members of the Green Team on Tuesday for the ‘announcement.

Two charging stations have been added to the Shanklin parking lot, next to the town hall.(Office of Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin)

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