In partnership with Georgia Power, the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners recently cut the ribbon on the electric vehicle (EV) charging stations located in the Lowndes County Judicial & Administrative Complex that are now available to the public.
Georgia Power’s Community Charging program made the new EV charging stations possible; therefore, no direct costs were incurred by Lowndes County.
“Lowndes County is extremely proud of this partnership with Georgia Power and the ability to expand access to charging stations and allow electric car owners the opportunity to travel off of I-75 and into beautiful Downtown Valdosta, which is the heart of Lowndes County,” said Lowndes County Manager Paige Dukes. “One of the things that we pride ourselves on here in Lowndes County is meeting the diverse needs of a growing population and will continue to look at more opportunities for additional stations in the future.”
According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia is sixth in the nation for public EV charging stations, offering more than 1,500 individual outlets, equating to more outlets per capita than anywhere in the Southeast. In 2021, more than 4,000 EVs were sold in Georgia, representing a total annual growth of 29%, and as of September 2022, more than 42,500 electric vehicles were registered in Georgia.
“Georgia Power is committed to supporting the future of this industry by creating access to charging infrastructure both at home and in public spaces, like this new site at the Lowndes County Judicial & Administrative Complex,” said Joe Brownlee, Georgia Power region director for Valdosta. “The company is working to prepare our communities today because more Georgians continue to switch to EVs because of benefits such as fuel & maintenance savings and reduced emissions.”
The two stations with multiple charging options are in the public parking lot at the Lowndes County Judicial and Administrative Complex at 327 North Ashley Street. The charging stations can accommodate three vehicles charging simultaneously and provide up to 100 miles of charge in about 12 minutes. Each charging site has DC Fast Charger access and may also have a Level 2 charger. Both CHADeMO and CCS Combo connectors are available. The DC Fast costs $0.25 per minute; level 2 is $1 an hour for the first 3 hours and $0.10 per minute thereafter. Customers can pay by downloading the ChargePoint app or calling 1-877-850-4562 to get started.
To learn more about how Georgia Power supports the growth of EV technologies and infrastructure, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com/EV.