GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Greenfield Town Hall parking lot now hosts the charging station that was formerly located in the Miles Street lot to make electric vehicle charging more accessible.
The Mayor’s Office says that this move was designed to provide a more central location to users, while also increasing security for the charging station. They were vandalized in their previous spot on Miles Street on August 29th, near Energy Park. Charging Stations on Davis Street were also severely damaged that day. The new location will help the town keep them better protected.
There are two spaces have been in their new spot behind Town Hall lot since the beginning of October that are now dedicated to actively charging electric vehicles. A second charging station is located on the southwest corner of the Chapman Davis lot behind Wilson’s and also has plugs for two actively charging electric vehicles.
Drivers pay the same parking fees while charging their vehicles as those in standard parking spaces and will be fined in accordance with the Town’s parking policy as warranted.
The current fee for an expired meter is $10. Non-electronic vehicles that park in the dedicated electric vehicle charging spaces will be fined $35, as will electric vehicles that aren’t actively charging.
Laurie Didonato, Energy & Sustainability Department Assistant said, “There’s higher security up here in the town hall lot and the miles street is out of the way…the location isn’t as central.”
Didonato told 22News that the Town Hall location is much more convenient for users. The electric car charging stations were funded by a state grant and were installed at no cost to the town.
This is the fourth year the charging stations have been in service.