NORWICH – The City of Norwich Joint Committee heard a presentation from Livingston Energy Group regarding electric car chargers. The committee then debated if it should add them to its infrastructure.
According to Livingston Energy Group Representative Sami Hawkins, this is the second time their organization has presented to the joint committee, and while there were initial concerns of risk versus reward there are several options to fill that gap.
“It seemed like a lot of the questions or discussion revolved around this concept of risk versus reward,” said Hawkins. “That the city was going to be taking on some sort of risk after taking on the stations, but they wouldn't be getting much out of it.”
“We do have a program option where you guys can purchase and own the stations from us, and there's an annual software fee to keep the stations active.”
Hawkins said the city could charge two to three times whatever the cost of its electricity is, and then recoup the software charge; creating an opportunity to make extra revenue for the city in a way that was unavailable before.
“When we were walking around in the city, and we were kind of looking around at the different spots where we could potentially put locations we did happen to see at least four all electric vehicles or plug in hybrids,” she said. “What we’ve found is that a lot of people don’t think that they have a strong need for them, but then all of a sudden they get them and they see all of these plug-ins and all of these cars come out of the woodworks.”
She said if two people charged their cars in the City of Norwich per month, the city would recoup any losses due to the annual software fees.