EV charging stations

At right, Mike Wizeman of National Energy Solutions works on one of the Lancaster Parking Authority's new Charge Point electric vehicle charging stations. The photo at left, provided by the Lancaster Parking Authority, shows the bright green paint used to set off the stations' parking spaces. 

Owners of electric vehicles can recharge them for free in five of Lancaster’s public parking garages as of Friday, April 20.

The Lancaster Parking Authority has installed a total of seven Charge Point charging stations at the properties it owns. Three are at the Prince Street Garage, and the Duke Street, East King Street, Penn Square and Water Street garages have one apiece. 

They are the first public charging stations in the city, authority executive director Larry Cohen said.

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Each station can recharge two vehicles at a time. Parking spaces for the stations are marked off with bright green paint.

To use the stations, customers must download the Charge Point app. A credit card must be used to register, but the stations will be free to use, Cohen said.

National Energy Solutions of Fallsington installed the units at a cost of just under $94,000. Mayor Danene Sorace joined Cohen at a dedication ceremony Friday, April 20, at the Prince Street Garage, kicking off Earth Day weekend.