By Chris Fish
MELBOURNE -- An electric vehicle charging station, located in the parking lot of the Melbourne City Hall, is now open to the public, officials said.
The new station, which officially opened on Earth Day, is a Level Three, 480-volt, direct current fast charger, which is compatible with vehicles capable of accepting a Level Three charge, including Nissan LEAF, Mitusbishi I MiEV and Tesla.
"By installing this state-of-the-art electric car charging station, the city is showcasing its commitment to sustainability and to the forward progress of alternative fuel usage for its residents," said Julie Foster, sustainability program manager for the city of Melbourne.
This is the second charging station to be installed within the city of Melbourne. The first was a dual Level Two station that was installed in April 2013 at the Eau Gallie Library.
The station was donated by a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, a spokesperson for the city of Melbourne said.
Installation costs for the charger were less than $10,000, which the city paid for.
On average, 80 percent of a battery can be charged within 20 minutes at a Level Three station.
The Melbourne City Hall station is the first Level Three station in Brevard County, according to ChargePoint.com and PlugShare.com.
The cost to charge is $0.13 per kWh. Drivers can pay with a credit card or through a smart phone application, available through ChargePoint.com.
A city of Melbourne spokesperson said that the city aims to add one public station each year. Future stations will also be located near "activities of interest."
A spokesperson said that the city will "continue to apply for funding from granting organizations and other sources to fund new stations."
For more information, visit www.melbourneflorida.org.