An Electric Charge

Dwayne Kempf of Deltona tries out the newly installed electric car charging station on his Tesla Model 3 during it's inauguration with city officials looking on at Deltona City Hall on Thursday, Sept. 26.

The City of Deltona recently hosted its first electric vehicle charging station inauguration at 2345 Providence Blvd., creating one more spot for residents to plug in.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was designed to showcase the station to the community.

According to Marlon Mora, social media communication producer, “The City of Deltona wants to become more green and move into that direction, moving forward.”

He continued, “There are some at The Center at Deltona and some here at Deltona City Hall. The ones at the center are run by Duke Energy and the ones here are run by Florida Power & Light.”

He added, “The charging stations at the center are expected to be very quick, taking only about 15 minutes to charge your car, while the ones at City Hall will take two hours.”

Although Deltona is slowly catching on to the electric car revolution, this is not new for this part of Florida.

Volusia County hosts several stations, including the Tesla SuperCharger station at The Pavilion at Port Orange and the eight EV charging stations in the parking lot of the International Motorsports Center.

In total, Volusia County has at least 20 EV charging stations that are open to the public. Most of them are in the Daytona Beach and DeLand areas.

Although the new one installed in Deltona is free for public use, not all public charging stations are free.

There are “networked” and “non-networked” stations.

A ‘networked’ station gives management tools through an online portal and usually requires drivers to pay for the amount of energy transferred to the vehicle, while non-networked stations like the stations in Deltona are free for public use.

“Nationally, we see the greatest use of charging stations in California, with one-third of the nation’s 22,620 charging stations found there,” according to the Department of Energy.

Florida, Texas and New York host the next highest number of stations.

According to greenenergyconsumers.org, not only do electric cars emit 70% less carbon dioxide, but the electric motors and batteries also require less maintenance and are cheaper to maintain than internal combustion engines.

Nationwide, drivers are weary about the new green technology, mostly for fear of running out of charge -- also known as range anxiety.

However, companies like ChargePoint, EVgo, Tesla and Electrify America are working to relieve this fear with the installation of more charging spots across the country.

The government is also stepping in to incentivize more electric car purchases with tax credits.

According to energy.gov, “The federal Internal Revenue Service tax credit is $2,500 to $7,500 per new EV purchased for use in the U.S. The size of the tax credit depends on the size of the vehicle and its battery capacity.”

The EV market share is slowly rising but stands to represent a small fraction of all cars in the U.S. – about 1.8%.

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