Downtown Roanoke has installed its first electric vehicle charger for public use.
The device, created by Eaton Corporation, is located at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
The museum and manufacturer shared an interest in showcasing the new technology, although they do not expect it to be widely used at first.
According to Eaton, there are only 4,000 to 5,000 new electric vehicles on the road each year.
“We’re thrilled to have the first charging station in downtown Roanoke,” said Bev Fitzpatrick, the museum director, to the Roanoke Times. “Our hope is that it doesn’t end here. We’d like to see more power stations throughout the Roanoke Valley.”
The charger will take credit and debit cards, and will cost about $2 per charge, Mike Dixon, the national sales director for electric transportation infrastructure at Eaton, said.
The museum does not plan to make money from the charger, but only to charge the going rate for electricity.