ChargePoint charges into Atlanta market with electric car charging stations
Electric car charging network ChargePoint has established its first presence in Atlanta in a deal announced on Monday with Lanier Parking Solutions. This adds six charging stations to the Atlanta metro region, an area that appears to have either Blink or independently owned stations.
The stations are located in Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead locations. A seventh charging station is planned but the location is not yet known.
Three of the stations are at the PeachTree center in the Downtown area. Another is in the Georgia Pacific Center, also Downtown, and two others are at the Ponce City Market, on Ponce de Leon Ave, NE, and at the Prominence in Buckhead.
All these locations are in the northern half of Atlanta, and on the PlugShare map the preponderance of electric car charging stations are north of I-20. That makes one wonder about the demographics of Atlanta that the northern half of that metropolitan area has more electric car charging stations than the southern half.
There are more than 750 electric and electric hybrid vehicles registered in the Atlanta area. Because automakers are introducing several new models in 2013, the number of registered plug-in vehicles is expected to increase.
“Lanier is proud to be a part of making Atlanta more accommodating to electric cars,” said Michael Robison, CEO of Lanier Parking Solutions. “These EV charging stations will encourage sustainable driving practices that will greatly benefit our city.”
ChargePoint is one of the two major charging station networks in the country, the other being Blink. Blink's expansion into Atlanta came in August 2012.
“As electric vehicles become a more attractive alternative amid climbing gas prices, a city’s EV infrastructure has to be ready to accommodate growth in this area,” said Pat Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint. “Atlanta is taking the lead to proactively provide EV charging technology that will allow the city to accommodate future demand, and ChargePoint is proud to partner with Atlanta and other cities across the country to make this EV growth feasible.”