The Buckhead Coalition recently used its influence to bring electric car chargers into the community.

Coalition member Garth Peters said the nonprofit group was able to bring together ECOtality, an electric transportation company, and GasXpress, a licensee of Circle K convenience stores, to install the chargers.

The chargers are being paid for with federal money and are part of the EV Project.

“ECOtality is the project manager of the EV Project, a federal research initiative to help build America’s EV infrastructure, which is now in nine states and 21 major metropolitan areas,” ECOtality’s Stephanie Cox said in a press release.

The companies will provide 15 gas stations with “super-fast DC Chargers, and 50 Level II Chargers divided amongst those same convenience stations situated along I-85, I-75, and I-20” according to the press release.

The equipment is valued at $1.2 million, the Coalition says.

“Buckhead will soon be the first community in Atlanta to provide public access to the DC fast Charger, which will be located at the Chevron Station at 2501 Piedmont Road, at Morosgo Drive,” the Coalition’s press release says.  “Along with the DC fast Charger will also be a Level II Charger to ensure any EV make and model can be charged.”

“We have been doing a lot of work identifying potential service stations,” Peters said.  “We’ve got a community in Atlanta that purchases these electric vehicles but we don’t have any service stations that are providing EV chargers, particularly fast chargers.”

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