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Chelmsford Library to get Electric Car Charging Station

   August 18th, 2011

Electric car chargerWell, the fun never stops at the Chelmsford Library - I recently read in the newspaper that we'll be getting a car charger for electric cars.

What?!?, you might exclaim - I did, anyway. I was surprised to be finding out about it from the newspaper, but also the logic of placing it at the library wasn't immediately apparent to me.

According to the article, the charging station is a result of a state grant our Town Manager applied for (Chelmsford was one of 25 towns included in the grant), and it seems this project is really being driven by the Town (rather than the library).

The Town's Facilities Manager is attending an informational meeting this week, and hopefully will have more details to share after that. Right now, it's not entirely clear where the charger will be located, and therefore what kind of impact it will have on parking. I'm not sure if we'll have to dedicate a parking spot to this, how long it takes cars to charge, or if anything will be required of library staff. We've been assured that this won't be added to our electricity usage though, so that's good.

I'm pretty happy that car chargers will start popping up around the state - especially that many of the town listed on the grant are small rural towns, and not just big cities. Chelmsford makes sense because a lot of commuters go through here, so hopefully we'll be seeing more of these as electric cars become more popular (which they probably won't until chargers are widely-available, so I don't know if that makes us the egg or the chicken).

Since this was a Town project, I understand why they're placing it at a Town building, situated in the center of town. But it still does seem like an odd fit for a library - even more of a stretch than a Redbox. However, our solar panel array was also part of a Town grant, and the library was chosen in that case to help showcase the use of renewable energy, and we also built a print collection around it. Hopefully we'll be able to do the same for electric cars.

By the way, here's a Sun-eye view of the solar panels at the Chelmsford Library:

Satellite view of solar panels on the roof of the Chelmsford Library

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6 Responses to “Chelmsford Library to get Electric Car Charging Station”

  1. Kathy Lussier Says:

    I think this is great! Of course, drivers will need something to do while they are charging their cars. Browsing through a library’s collection seems like a perfect way to spend the time.

  2. Ken V Says:

    I still think my idea to have a RedBox at the library was a good idea ! Charging station is cool but much less of a fit. Cars will need a minimum of 3 hours to get a useful charge.


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  4. Brian Herzog Says:

    @Kathy: thanks Kathy – that’s actually a very good idea. If @Ken is right that it takes three hours to charge, they’ll have plenty of time to come inside – or, maybe we’ll get the Redbox after all, to give people something to do outside – and maybe even a cafe.

  5. Connie Says:

    My library (Minnesota) just got one, too! A county initiative, I think. And yesterday I saw it being used for the first time. Chevy Volt, user was probably at the Twins tgame.

  6. Brian Herzog Says:

    @Connie: That’s great – what do patrons think about it? And did you make a special place for it in the parking lot, or just added it to an existing spot?