Cedar Park to charge $2 per hour at new electric car charging stations

ChargePoint electric car charging stations, similar to this station in Pflugerville, will be coming to three Cedar Park facilities. BRIAN PERDUE/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
ChargePoint electric car charging stations, similar to this station in Pflugerville, will be coming to three Cedar Park facilities. BRIAN PERDUE/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

ChargePoint electric car charging stations, similar to this station in Pflugerville, will be coming to three Cedar Park facilities. BRIAN PERDUE/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Electric car drivers in Cedar Park will soon have three places to recharge their batteries, for a fee.

Cedar Park City Council on Jan. 9 approved an ordinance to allow the city to charge parking fees at electric car charging stations—which should fast-track the installation of three such stations within the city, according to officials.

In early 2019, City Council authorized a five-year lease with ChargePoint, a company that operates and maintains publicly and privately owned electric charging stations across the U.S., according to city documents. The three dual-port chargers were to be installed within a month at City Hall, 450 Cypress Creek Road; the Recreation Center, 1435 Main St.; and the Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd.

ChargePoint was scheduled to install and maintain those stations for a maximum annual price of $2,400 per station, for a total of $7,200 annually, according to city documents.

However, the original plan called for free electricity at the stations, prompting some residents to criticize the city for paying for fuel for some residents but not others who own gasoline-powered vehicles, according to Mayor Pro Tem Mel Kirkland.


Monday’s ordinance allows the city to charge a parking fee of $2 per hour in order to recoup the cost of electricity at the stations. According to documents, city staff researched other Austin-area charging stations and determined that $2 per hour would result in a "full recovery" of expenses for electricity.

According to state law, only utility companies can charge for electricity, which prompted the city to create a parking fee, Kirkland said.

According to a map on its website, www.chargepoint.com, ChargePoint has only one other public charging stations inside the city limits, at 12930 W. Parmer Lane. Five public stations are located just south of the city, according to the map.

Each station will be able to charge two vehicles simultaneously, according to documents.

Council approved the new ordinance by a 5-1 vote. Rodney Robinson voted against the ordinance without comment.

Council member Tim Kelly was absent from the meeting.
SHARE THIS STORY


MOST RECENT

Leander ISD to consider $9.25 million in new staff for 2020-21

To meet district growth, Leander ISD’s board of trustees will discuss a staff recommendation that LISD approve 169.5 new positions for the 2020-21 school year.

(Courtesy Dala Communications)
86-unit South Street Villas opening in Leander this fall

South Street Villas, an 86-unit complex in Leander consisting of 43 for-rent duplexes, is currently under construction and is expected to open in the fall.

Three of four Cedar Park City Council incumbents plan to run for re-election; the fourth race will feature two challengers. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
Cedar Park City Council: Three of four incumbents running for reelection

Three of four Cedar Park City Council incumbents plan to run for re-election; the fourth race will feature two challengers.

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
5 candidates file for 3 seats on the Upper Brushy Creek WCID board for the May 2020 election

Two of three seats up for Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District board of directors are uncontested.

The approximately 100,000-square-foot facility would need 20 acres to start. (Rendering courtesy of Gensler Austin)
Project leaders share details on planned robotics arena in Cedar Park

Gensler Austin, an architectural and design firm, announced plans Feb. 13 to build a “Topgolf-style” robotics arena in Cedar Park.

Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co. opened in 2015 at 13010 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 800, Cedar Park. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
Cedar Park OKs incentives for Red Horn expansion, construction business

Cedar Park City Council approved economic development incentive agreements totaling $202,500 for the introduction of a new business and the expansion of another in the city.

Cedar Park City Council discussed reducing the detail it includes in its written records of council meetings. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
Cedar Park may reduce details included in written records of meetings

Cedar Park City Council discussed reducing the detail it includes in its written records of council meetings.

Motorists in Cedar Park may have to wait until 2026 before they can drive frontage roads along a nearly 3-mile stretch of Toll 183A. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
TxDOT: Toll 183A frontage roads construction to start in 2023

Motorists in Cedar Park may have to wait until 2026 before they can drive frontage roads along a nearly 3-mile stretch of Toll 183A.

This rendering shows what the exterior of the new robotics arena may look like. (Courtesy Gensler Austin)
‘Topgolf-style’ robotics arena coming to Cedar Park

An Austin architectural and design firm plans to build a large arena for robotics competitions and entertainment in Cedar Park.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in San Antonio on Feb. 13. The case is the 15th known COVID-19, commonly referred to in recent weeks as coronavirus, infection in the United States so far. (Courtesy Adobe stock photos)
The first coronavirus case in Texas was just confirmed. Here is what Austinites need to know about the virus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in San Antonio this morning, according to a news release from the federal agency.

Cedar Park Public Library will dedicate its World Language Center at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 15. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cedar Park Public Library to dedicate multilingual area Feb. 15

Cedar Park Public Library will dedicate its World Language Center at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 15.

Back to top