Wondering about the identity of that new contraption with the long cables in the front of the Indianapolis Zoo's parking lot? It kind of looks like something you might use to fill up your tires. Well, it is used for cars, but it’s actually an electric car charging station installed by Indianapolis Power and Light in the fall of 2011 as part of its Electric Vehicle Charging Program. This program was created to foster the adoption of electric vehicles in the Indianapolis area. IPL is in the process of installing up to 25 public charging stations and the Zoo was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of the locations. Some of the other locations around town are the Indianapolis International Airport, the J.W. Marriott, and the JCC.
According to the Baker Institute Energy Forum, electric cars were found to be the most effective way to reduce carbon emissions in the shortest time. The study found if there was a mandate requiring 30% of all vehicles to be electric by 2050, it would reduce U.S. oil use by 2.5 million barrels a day!
The recharging station can accommodate two vehicles and is available for a nominal charge for either four or eight hours. Just ask a guest services representative at the front gate to get you hooked up while you’re at work or volunteering.