Thanks to a donation-funded automobile charging network between Albuquerque to Carlsbad, electric car drivers can now relax while traveling through southeast New Mexico. Endless Energy, a solar panel installation firm, raised over $6,000 to fund the construction of free charging points in Roswell, Artesia, and Carlsbad.
Christopher Dizon, the company’s co-owner, told the Current-Argus that he spotted a demand for electric vehicle chargers in the neighborhood and decided to provide it. “I’ve had a Tesla for almost eight years, and getting around this neighborhood has always been a difficulty. There are RV parks where you can charge, but your options are quite restricted,” Dizon remarked.
According to PlugShare.com, there are nine charging stations in the Carlsbad as well as Artesia area, and 11 in Roswell, including Dizon’s. Some stations charge per kilowatt-hour (kWh) or per minute, according to him, but the ones his business erected are free to use. Charging stations, according to Dizon, can attract visitors from the Carlsbad Caverns as well as the Guadalupe Mountains, as well as enhance foot traffic to local businesses.
He said he wants to see chargers become more common around the state to make traveling simpler for electric car drivers, and he believes the Build Back Better plan will help him achieve that goal. The White House issued the Electric Vehicle Charging Action Plan on December 13 to “outline efforts government agencies are taking to encourage the development and deployment of chargers in American communities around the country.” The law provides states with $5 billion to create a national network plus $2.5 billion in community grants.
Dizon said he plans to collaborate with a Carlsbad resident to apply for a grant to help his company construct more auto charging stations in the neighborhood. “I’d like to collaborate with someone who is experienced in grant writing.” Level 3 fast chargers are costly, but if a grant covers 80% of the cost, it becomes feasible, according to Dizon.
As per ChargeHub, which is an electric car charging station mapping firm, the chargers Dizon placed are level two chargers, which can take anywhere from five to eleven hours to be able to charge a vehicle, whereas a level 3 charger only requires 30 minutes to an hour. The New Mexico House of Representatives has proposed a budget that includes $10 million for the Department of Transportation to establish stations across the state. During the present Special Legislative Session, both the House and Senate voted on the plan.