Drivers of plug-in electric cars have plenty of places in Wake County to recharge their batteries, and the newest one is in downtown Apex.
A ribbon-cutting is planned at 4 p.m. Friday for the town’s first car charging station, in the Saunders Street parking lot across from the Apex Police Department. The station can serve three all-electric or plug-in electric hybrid cars at a time.
One Eaton DC Quick Charger serves Teslas, Nissan LEAFs and Mitsibushi i-MiEVs, with enough power to bring the battery to 80 percent of its capacity charge in as little as 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the battery size.
Two GE Level 2 chargers serve all types of plug-in cars including the Chevy Volt, Ford Focus, Fusion and C-Max Energi. The Level 2 chargers provide enough power for about 40 miles of driving, in about three to four hours.
As with other public charging stations, Apex provides the service free of charge. The town paid for the charging station with grants from N.C. State University, the North Carolina Solar Center and Advanced Energy.
“Wake County is scattered with dozens of similar stations, providing (plug-in electric vehicle) owners with the opportunity to charge while they work, dine or shop,” Apex Town Manager Bruce Radford said in a news release. “We saw the need in Apex to provide this service to our visitors and residents while allowing them to enjoy the amenities of our downtown.”