TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette are adding new electric vehicle charging stations thanks to a grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
The grant is funded by Volkswagen as part of the company's punishment for cheating on diesel emissions tests.
Lafayette will receive $36,000 for four stations, while West Lafayette will receive $9,000 for two stations.
"These are Level II charging stations," says West Lafayette City Engineer Mitchell Lankford. "They're obviously not going to get you up to 80 percent charge in 30 minutes like the fast chargers do, but if you stay there for four hours you can get a pretty good charge on your vehicles.'
Lankford says the each station can charge up to two cars and drivers must pay per kilowatt-hour to recharge.
"We will charge per kilowatt-hour for the service of charging your electric vehicle on the streetside," he says. "There will be two of these level-two charging stations, the dual ports, on each side of (Chauncey) street: one in front of the library and one in front of city hall."
The other stations will be located in Lafayette's existing and planned parking garages, as well as near Loeb Stadium.