Salt Lake County’s first fast-charging station for electric cars unveiled

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SALT LAKE COUNTY — If you drive an electric vehicle in Salt Lake County, you can now go to the County Government Center for a quick recharge.

A new fast-charging station for electric cars was unveiled Thursday morning at 2001 S State St. and is available to the public 24/7.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams was joined by Ted Wilson of Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) and representatives from Governor Gary Herbert’s office for the unveiling.

“When it comes to improving air quality along the Wasatch Front, we are all in this together,” Mayor McAdams said in a statement sent to FOX 13. “The private sector has built the electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure, government has provided the tax-credits, space, installation and charging station cost, and now the public can drive zero tailpipe emission cars, conveniently, over a greater distance.”

Electric vehicle drivers must pay for the recharging service via credit card. A recharge will cost a $2 flat fee + 20 cents per kilowatt, or roughly $5 to charge a battery up to 65 percent capacity.


  • Kevin Keller

    The idea of all-electric vehicles sounds good, and may temporarily benefit the Wasatch Front. Remember, though, that the electricity needs to be generated somewhere, somehow. 90% of US power is generated by burning coal, natural gas, or with nuclear reactors. And, because of resistance loss, we lose 72% of all electricity generated. Your electric car burns fossil or nuclear fuel at a paltry 28% efficiency rate. And the battery manufacturing process is so environmentally toxic that it is impossible to even do it in the US. In the bigger scheme of things, the all-electric car is an environmental liability.

    • MQB3

      If it were nuclear I’d actually consider one. There is a great documentary called Pandora’s Promise about nuclear power, done by former “no-nuke” professional environmentalists……who are still extremely liberal and go on and on about “global warming”. But they’ve seen the light regarding nuclear energy. Nukes are inevitable.

      Did you know that all “wind farms” and “solar stations”, on a commercial scale, are backed up by natural gas fired generators? At best, the sun only shines 1/3 to 1/2 the time. The wind doesn’t always blow. But power is always needed. Those “renewable energy” schemes don’t work without fossil fuel backups, which end up generating more electricity than the windmills or solar cells.

      Only nuclear will work, going forward. It’s inevitable. It’s also safe and clean, if we use modern tech.

      They took a Geiger counter to Chernobyl, and compared background levels there to various places around the world. Standing on a hill in New Hampshire there was double the amount of radiation that you get at Chernobyl. TEN TIMES as much on a particular black sand beach in Brazil, which is made of sand from uranium-bearing ore rocks. Radiation is everywhere.

      I agree with you about “electric cars”, though. They are among the filthiest vehicles on the road, especially if you look at the catastrophic environmental impact of the heavy metals used in the batteries. The area around the cadmium mines in Sudbury, Onario, Canada, is so completely poisoned that NASA uses it to test Mars rovers. And, in our area, “electric” cars run entirely on COAL.

  • Cody

    @Kevin Keller:
    “In February 2014, the Automotive Science Group (ASG) published the result of a study conducted to assess the life-cycle of over 1,300 automobiles across nine categories sold in North America. The study found that among advanced automotive technologies, the Nissan Leaf holds the smallest life-cycle environmental footprint of any model year 2014 automobile available in the North American market with minimum four person occupancy. The study concluded that the increased environmental impacts of manufacturing the battery electric technology is more than offset with increased environmental performance during operational life. For the assessment, the study used the average electricity mix of the U.S. grid in 2014”

    I believe your assessment is based off of the reported impact of a Toyota Prius.

  • bruce dp

    >The 480V DC charging station can charge an electric vehicle in 10-40 minutes. By way of comparison, charging with a standard 110V outlet takes four to eight hours<

    That statement is inaccurate/incorrect. Since it is likely a CHAdeMO level-3 charger (EVSE), it can recharge a Leaf EV to 80% in ~20min from a drained pack, less if like most drivers they come in with some reserve still left (no one comes in to buy gas with a totally empty tank).

    The other error is 4 to 8 hours to charge on level-1 (120VAC). Those times are when charging at level-2 (240VAC), and it depends on if the EV has the standard half-powered (cheaper) 3kW on-board charger (8 hours to recharge), or they were wise to buy the full-powered 6kW on-board charger (4 hours to recharge).

    Level-1 (120VAC) is rarely used for any serious charging because it is so slow (20+ hours to fully recharge).

  • Ryan

    5 bucks??? Did they not converse with an EV owner. That seems so overpriced when you could go to a Dealer and use their Level 3 for free. For convenience sake, a solid 2 bucks would have been tempting.

  • MQB3

    The article doesn’t talk about how much the taxpayers had to shell out to subsidize the station, or how much we are forced to subsidize the cars themselves.

    All for the illusion of “clean.” All so that hippies can enjoy their lifestyle at our expense.

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