Those driving electric vehicles can take advantage of two new charging stations in the village of Algonquin.
The stations recently were installed and activated as a part of the infrastructure improvements included in the Old Town Algonquin reconstruction and will be the first in the village, according to a news release from Assistant Village Manager Mike Kumbera.
The stations are at 106 S. Main St. and 302 S. Main St.
“The electric vehicle charging stations are a wonderful way for our community to express our devotion to both our community and environmental well-being,” Village President John Schmitt said in a statement. “By creating the opportunity for those who have electric vehicles to charge them while visiting our downtown, we are opening doors that were once closed to our visitors and residents, as well as creating new opportunity for our local businesses.”
The charging stations are owned by the village; however, they are operated and maintained by ChargePoint, an organization that operates the largest network of electric vehicle charging stations, according to the village.
To use the charging stations, visitors will first have to register with ChargePoint online or through the mobile app. Once registration is complete, users will have the ability to use their mobile app and ChargePoint card to access the charging stations.
The ChargePoint service requires users to have a payment method on their accounts.
No charges will be made to an account for use of the stations; however, ChargePoint charges $10 to open a balance, according to the village website.
Kumbera said the $10 can be used at other area stations, but the two Algonquin stations will be free during their rollout.
“The electric vehicle charging station installation is in line with the decades of environmental leadership initiatives that the village has undertaken,” according to the news release.
The charging stations are the newest development in downtown Algonquin.
Construction in Old Town Algonquin began almost a year ago to transform the corridor into a “beautiful, pedestrian-friendly environment while helping to preserve the character and history of the area,” according to project information on the village’s website.