Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging in Berkley
We’re pleased to offer our community two electric vehicle charging locations: Berkley Public Library and Oxford Park. These EV charging stations are part of our continued implementation of the 2019 Energy Plan.
Where and When Are the Chargers Available?
We operate two EV charging stations with a total of four chargers at the Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge Hwy, and one charging station with a total of two chargers at Oxford Park, 2100 Bacon Ave. Each charger is available 24/7.
Is There a Cost to Use the Chargers?
Yes. The cost is 23 cents per kilowatt-hour. Starting on February 26, 2024, much like a traditional gas station, a preauthorization amount of $25 will be put on your preferred payment method. Once the session is complete, you will be charged the final amount and any unused funds will be released back into your bank account.
How Do I Charge My Vehicle and Pay the Fee?
To charge your vehicle and pay the fee, you’ll need to download the EV Connect app on your smartphone and create an account. You’ll then choose the charging station within the app based on location, station ID, availability, provided power level and accessibility.
To initiate your EV vehicle charge, you’ll scan the QR code on the station through the EV Connect app.
For more information about the EV Connect process, visit evconnect.com/download-ev-connect-driver-app.Why EV Chargers in Berkley?
The benefits of EV charges in Berkley support the goals and initiatives laid out in the Berkley Master Plan, Recreation Master Plan, and the city's Energy Plan. This includes but is not limited to:
- Environmental Benefits:
- High affinity with state and national parks and the preservation of the environment and protecting green space
- More EV cars and trucks mean less harmful emissions that damage the environment
- Reduces overall dependence on oil and heightens our energy independence
- Operational Benefits:
- DPW has started the "green transition" for smaller yard equipment, blowers, etc. and perhaps in the future zero-turn mowers
- Requires less maintenance of the relatively quiet equipment, popular with employees
- Aligns with and moves forward key ideas in the City Master Plan, Parks and Recreation Master Plan, and Environmental Action Plan
- Residential Benefits:
- Increases property values and provides nearby charging options for friends, family
- Demonstrates we live our principles and ideals as a welcoming, sustainable community
- Provides convenience so that Berkley is an even more desirable place to live, learn, shop, work, and play
- Business Benefits:
- Studies show that nearby EV chargers raise visibility and attract new, loyal customers
- Marketing and promotions opportunities to highlight that EV charging is available nearby
- Opportunity to add business-owned EV charging stations in partnership with the city
How Is This Funded?
In the 2022-23 fiscal year budget for the city includes $100,000 as an overall set aside for EV charging infrastructure and will be considered a “not to exceed” limit. The following is a breakdown of one-time costs and anticipated/estimated annual operating costs for EV charging stations.
- One-Time Installation Costs:
- Five Level 2 (L2) charging stations at approximately $1,000/ea.
- Installation for five potential locations at approximately $12,000/ea. at the following locations: City Hall, Library, Community Center, Oxford Park, and Jaycee Park
- Engineering and contingency for $35,000
- Annual Operating Costs (Estimated):
- Energy usage costs would be accommodated in the department budget that covers the installation location (e.g., the Library would cover the energy usage costs associated with its EV charger)
- Subsequent City budget cycles would incorporate additional funds for energy costs based on actual usage, plus anticipated usage growth in the subsequent year
- Equipment warranty and maintenance costs would be negotiated with the vendor, with an initial estimate of $250/year per station = $1,000 total
By the Numbers
As with every new initiative in the city, we will go through a data collection and review process, as well as, utilize best practices by referencing other communities that also have EV charging stations. We will also be looking at our existing policies and/or ordinances to better position our community on addressing EV infrastructure for the future.
Within this section, we will share the data (quarterly) we receive from the EV charging station below:
Where are the Potential EV Charging Stations & Locations?
Below you find an interactive map of where all potential EV Charging locations will be. Each location has one or more options for EV charger infrastructure, based on cost, anticipated use, and future.