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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Mayor Buddy Dyer and OUC unveil 100 electric vehicle charging stations throughout Orlando

Posted By on Thu, Apr 1, 2021 at 2:49 PM

click to enlarge An electric vehicle charging station in front of  Orlando City Hall - PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF ORLANDO
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  • An electric vehicle charging station in front of Orlando City Hall
Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando Utilities Commission unveiled a network of 100 electric vehicle charging stations throughout Orlando on Thursday.

According to a press release, the stations will be scattered throughout 33 locations in Orlando, including the MCO airport, downtown Orlando, and College Park. Locations can be found in various parks, parking garages, public venues, neighborhoods and senior centers. Each location will have at least one ADA-accessible EV charging station.

The EV charging stations would be a step toward OUC's goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The utility has set  midway goals of reducing emissions by 50% by 2030 and 75% by 2040.

Although the push toward net-zero isn't what Dyer initially promised the city in 2017, Dyer went on Twitter to celebrate the addition of the EV stations.

A representative from the mayor's office said the new charging stations would be critical to support the growth of clean, zero-emission transportation for city operations, residents, and visitors.

"This expansion of EV charging infrastructure is part of Orlando's continued efforts to transform the city into one of the most environmentally-friendly, socially inclusive and economically vibrant cities in America," the representative said.

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