When The Arena at Gwinnett Center chose Jackson EMC as its power provider, an energy and community partnership was formed. Jackson EMC has worked closely with The Arena on energy efficiency strategies, one involves electric vehicle charging stations.
Charging stations were first made available to the public at The Arena in January 2005. Advances in electric vehicle (EV) technology and an expanding plug-in market prompted an upgrade of the electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) or charging equipment to 240-volt circuits, adding approximately 10 to 20 miles of range to a PEV per hour of charging time. The upgrade also reducing the amount of time it takes to charge and they were also relocated to allow for better accessibility.
“Even now hybrid vehicles are more common than plug-ins, but that’s changing as new models enter the market and prices decline,” notes Jackson EMC Commercial and Industrial Marketing Engineer, Brittany Romig. “While the charging stations used to get about 3 kWh of use per month, it has increased to an average of 10 kWh per month, and we expect that trend to continue.”
The new charging stations will provide EVSE options for all Northeast Georgia EVs. “Visitors to Gwinnett Center will be able to recharge their plug-in vehicles while they attend events. Through the Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center, travelers will also be able to find and take advantage of these public charging stations,” says The Arena at Gwinnett Center General Manager Joey Dennis.