Gas stations are old news in Matthews, North Carolina.
The town will welcome an electric charging station which is both sustainable and environmentally friendly.
The town approved the new charging station for electric vehicles (EV) which can charge electric cars in 30 minutes and cost less than $10.
“It’s a location that is very progressive and is always looking for new and sustainable things as it grows and welcomes new residents,” said Town of Matthews Communication Director Annette Privette.
Construction of the new charging station is expected to begin in April.
“It’s going to be one charger in the ground, but it resembles a small refrigerator sitting on top of the ground,” said Privette.
It will be located in downtown Matthews and drivers can use a mobile app to find the station's location.
“The mobile app will also tell you when your car’s charged,” said Privette.
The EV charging station will not cost the town any money. Funding was provided by the Mountains to Sea (M2S) project which provides charging stations in North Carolina.
The town entered a 10-year licensing agreement with Brightfield Transportation Solutions, in Asheville to maintain and upgrade the station at no charge to Matthews.
Matthews was chosen as one of Brightfield’s sites because of its population, close proximity to Interstate 485 and its downtown amenities.
Brightfield will collect the fee from people to charge their vehicles.