Electric Vehicle & Cell Phone Charging Stations
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Charging stations are available to the public and free of charge at the following locations:
Public parking lot in front of Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.
The charging stations are "Level 2" charging stations capable of fully energizing an electric car (such as the Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf) in about 3 to 6 hours, depending on the vehicle.
Wake Forest obtained the new stations thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in conjunction with the NC State University Solar Center.
The availability of electric charging stations is especially vital as greater numbers of electric cars take to our streets and highways. As the popularity of electric vehicles grows, the accessibility of electric charging stations in public places offers both economic and environmental advantages. The stations provide drivers an incentive to visit downtown where they can easily charge up while shopping, sightseeing or dining - and ultimately drive longer distances. Second, because electric cars don't pollute as much as gas-powered cars, they're much better for our state's overall air quality.
The Town of Wake Forest has installed three cellphone charging towers in downtown Wake Forest with a fourth one on the way.
The current stations are located at the following locations:
along South White Street in front of the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.;
at Jones Plaza, located at the intersection of South White and East Jones Avenue; and
near the intersection of South White and Elm Avenue.
Scheduled for installation during the week of Aug. 21, the fourth station will provide power in Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St., along the walled seating area.
The charging stations are recognizable by their tall tower and banded lighted top. Each features four USB plug-ins and two electrical outlets. The stations are free to use and available on a first-come, first-served basis to anyone who brings their own cord.
The installation of the charging towers comes less than two weeks after the Town launched free wireless Internet service in downtown. The free downtown WiFi makes it possible for residents and visitors to use the Internet outdoors along portions of South White Street, South Brooks Street and South Taylor Street using their smart phones, tablets and laptops.
For more information, contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes at at 919-435-9415.