Four electric vehicle charging stations installed at Joyner Park Community Center

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 11:24am

A partnership between the Town of Wake Forest and Wake Electric has resulted in the installation of four electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at Joyner Park Community Center, 701 Harris Road. Available to the public and free of charge, the charging stations are ideally situated for electric vehicle owners visiting E. Carroll Joyner Park.

The two Tesla-specific and two Clipper-Creek charging stations are Level 2 charging stations capable of fully energizing an electric car in about three-to-six hours, depending on the vehicle. The four spaces also include extra room to meet ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990) requirements.

Wake Forest previously installed similar charging stations in the Town Hall parking lot, 301 S. Brooks St., and the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St. Designed to accommodate the public, these stations, along with the four at JPCC, are located in parking spaces reserved for exclusive use by electric vehicles. The only caveat is that the vehicles can only occupy the spot for the time it takes to charge.

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 in the town hall and depot parking lots provide drivers an incentive to visit downtown where they can easily charge up while shopping, sightseeing or dining - and ultimately drive longer distances, while the JPCC stations encourage drivers to experience and enjoy the amenities at Joyner Park. Second, because electric cars don't pollute as much as gas-powered cars, they are much better for our state's overall air quality.

For more information, contact Public Works Director Magda Holloway at 919-435-9571 or mholloway@wakeforestnc.gov.

Joyner Park Community Center