Driving an electric car in the New River Valley just got a little easier with the addition of a charging station at the Montgomery County Government Center located at 755 Roanoke Street in Christiansburg. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are 893 stations with 2,465 charging outlets with public access in Virginia. Less than two dozen are located in the New River Valley.
The Level 2 charging station has two charging ports, allowing two cars to charge at the same time. Most electric vehicles can get 10 to 20 miles from one hour of charging on a Level 2 charger.
The station is visible on charging station locator apps; however, it is non-network so you will not be able to see if they are in use online.
Funding for the electric charging station was allocated by the Board of Supervisors to support the county’s sustainability initiatives.
"I am a huge supporter of sustainability initiatives throughout the county," said Montgomery County Board of Supervisors member, April DeMotts.
"In 2019, I asked my fellow supervisors to allocate funding in support of such initiatives. This electric charging station is just one of the many things we have done and plan to do to make sure that we are being good stewards not only with the tax payers’ dollars, but also with the environment," said DeMotts.
Bill Long, Montgomery County Sustainability Manager, hopes the station will be utilized by local residents as well as employees at the Montgomery County Government Center. "I could see people charging their cars while they attend a Board of Supervisors meeting."