Steuben County REMC has partnered with the new Wingate by Wyndham hotel, located at the interchange of US 20 and I-69, to provide an electric vehicle charging station. Energy trends forecast significant growth in electric vehicles (EV) in the near future, which could have a large impact on electricity demands and infrastructure. In anticipation of this, Steuben County REMC is using this charging station as a tool to understand travel patterns in relation to proximity of a charging station, as well as habits and demands of EV users and vehicles.
The ChargePoint Level 2 CT4000 charger has two available ports. It is powered by the ChargePoint Network, which gives us access to a sophisticated dashboard of data, the ability to adjust rates based on time of use and functions as an app-based software. The charger is owned by the REMC, and in partnership with the Wingate, allows hotel guests a free charge; general public users will pay a nominal fee.
In recent months, several major players in the auto industry have been pushing EV technology and production along with multiple large-scale investments. An increased availability and selection of EVs and HEVs (hybrid electric vehicles), including the release of mid-sized SUVs and light duty trucks, means growth and upward trends in this arena, and Steuben County REMC is excited to be a part of this growing industry trend.