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KU, LG&E install new charging station in Midway to enhance accessibility for electric vehicle drivers

Located in horse and bourbon country between Lexington and Louisville, not far from the capital and less than a mile off of Interstate 64 in Midway is a passing point for travelers on their way to any number of destinations. The town is now bridging the gap in a new way – partnering with Kentucky Utilities to install a new charging station for electric vehicle drivers looking to power up.

Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift joined KU representatives last week to unveil the new public charging station, located at 101 East Main Street, in the parking lot just behind City Hall.

“The location of this new charging station will help to build confidence among EV drivers by providing another publicly-accessible station where they can power up,” said David Huff, director of Energy Efficiency and Emerging Technologies for KU and LG&E. “Building this infrastructure expands our utilities’ electric vehicle facilities while also helping the Commonwealth meet the growing needs of EV drivers here in Kentucky and across the region.”

“We are extremely excited to be the host to KU’s newest electric vehicle charging station,” said Vandegrift. “As we look for ways to do our part in creating a more sustainable future, we thank KU for providing further evidence that a small city can have a big voice.”

The charging station is the eighth of 20 public stations KU and its sister utility, Louisville Gas and Electric Company, are installing across their service territories through their Electric Vehicle Charging Station Program.

KU operates, through the same program, two other publicly-accessible charging stations, both in Lexington. One of the charging stations is in the customer parking lot at its general office on Quality Street; the other is in the 100 block of East High Street. LG&E operates an additional five public charging stations within the Louisville area. The utilities continue to evaluate potential locations for additional public charging stations across their service territories.

Electric vehicle drivers who use the charging stations will pay an hourly fee. While exact fees and taxes will vary depending on the location of each station, the average rate is about $3 per hour.

The stations are equipped with safety features, which include charging plugs that lock in the stand when not in use. They also have digital display screens and quick-pay options for a low effort customer experience.

Through the utilities’ program, commercial customers also can host electric vehicle charging stations at their locations for public or private use. Yum! Brands became the utilities’ first commercial customer to host charging stations at its Louisville campus for its employees, followed by Louisville’s newest Hilton Garden Inn.

Visit lge-ku.com for more information.

From Kentucky Utilities

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