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Electric vehicle charging stations open in Delhi Township – Spartan Newsroom

Spartan Newsroom (https://news.jrn.msu.edu/2021/11/electric-vehicle-charging-stations-open-in-delhi-township/)
Brooke Miller
Two electric vehicle charging stations were installed at 2074 Aurelius Road, near the Veterans Memorial Gardens, in Delhi Township. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the location on Sept. 29.
Two electric vehicle charging stations have opened at Delhi Township Hall, in front of the Veterans Memorial Gardens.
The charging stations, at 2074 Aurelius Road, are convenient for people visiting local restaurants, coffee shops, the public library and bathrooms, Delhi Township Manager Tracy Miller said.
Users will pay 26 cents per minute while charging at the stations. The space itself is free to park in while cars are charging, but once a vehicle is charged, patrons have 15 minutes to move their car before a $10 per hour parking fee starts.
Miller said in an email that Consumers Energy took the lead in the installation and costs of the charging stations. 
The two stations cost Consumers Energy $85,000. The Delhi Downtown Development Authority paid just under $44,000, and the remaining cost was paid for by the state of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. 
Delhi Township was awarded a $35,909 grant in August 2020 as a part of $1.7 million in grants to add 36 charging stations in the state, according to a state press release. 
The addition is also a part of Consumers Energy’s PowerMIDrive rebate incentive program, which is meant to make it easier for people to own and operate electric vehicles in Michigan by providing more areas to charge up.
“So far, we’ve provided over a thousand rebates for different types of chargers,” said Brian Wheeler, Consumers Energy media relations manager.
“Delhi Township got what are called fast chargers, and pretty simply they’re the fastest way to charge your vehicle’s battery. About half an hour gets you most of your vehicle’s charge.”
The market for electric vehicles is growing, Wheeler said, with many major car manufacturers offering hybrid or fully electric models.
“By 2030, our state’s automakers and the federal government have made a commitment that nearly half of all vehicles sold will be electric vehicles,” Wheeler said. “You don’t see electric vehicles everywhere right now, but that’s going to change.”
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