The following press release was issued by Jason Silva, Chief Administrative Aide to the Office of Mayor Kimberley Driscoll's:
The City of Salem has just installed eight electric vehicle charging stations in the Museum Place and South Harbor garages. These charging stations will fully charge an electric vehicle in four to six hours.
As a Massachusetts Green Community, the City of Salem is committed to sustainable practices and infrastructure that promote and attract environmentally friendly technology and innovation.
Placing chargers near where people live and work is considered an important part of reducing the “range anxiety” that could otherwise slow the adoption of electric vehicles.
To ease fears of batteries sputtering mid-trip, the City of Salem has taken this step to support the rising demand for convenient charging options across the region and to build the infrastructure for viable electric vehicle utilization.
“This project demonstrates Salem’s continued commitment to renewable energy technologies,” stated Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. “Thanks to the Patrick-Murray Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, the City has been able to fund these charging stations, which will support the use of electric vehicles in our community.”
Four vehicles in each garage will have access to the stations and the City of Salem will provide this power free of charge for two years.