Pflugerville officials discuss upgrades to electric vehicle chargers, implementation of usage fees

Pflugerville City Council discussed placement of electric vehicle-charging stations during a Nov. 30 meeting. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)
Pflugerville City Council discussed placement of electric vehicle-charging stations during a Nov. 30 meeting. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)

Pflugerville City Council discussed placement of electric vehicle-charging stations during a Nov. 30 meeting. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct amount of the grant used to upgrade electric vehicle chargers.

Electric vehicle-charging stations will soon be improved at Pflugerville city facilities, and with those upgrades could come usage fees.

Officials did not decide if they would charge usage fees, but City Council decided to look further into replacing chargers during a Nov. 30 meeting.

Four chargers installed at the Pflugerville Public Library were put in place about 10 years ago, city staff said.

City information states a roughly $10,600 grant recently received by the city would help upgrade the equipment.


Of the $22,000, council already approved $4,300 toward replacement of the chargers at the library.

The city owns other chargers in north Pflugerville at the Stone Hill Town Center, and council on Nov. 30 gave direction to city staff to look into upgrading that equipment using another $4,300 of the grant money.

Deputy City Manager Trey Fletcher said the need is rising for electric vehicle-charging equipment.

"We don't currently charge for the utilization of these facilities," Fletcher said. "The question is, what role does the city have in providing that equipment to the public?"

Fletcher added an upgrade to the chargers could also benefit the city's own fleet of vehicles.

City Council Members Rudy Metayer and Jim McDonald spoke mostly in favor of the proposed improvements.

"You can drive anywhere and find a gas station, but you cannot drive anywhere and find an electric vehicle-charging station," McDonald said.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.