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Public to have free access to new electric vehicle charging station

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation on Monday became the first state agency to offer free electric vehicle charging stations to the general public.

"I'm excited about the Oklahoma Department of Transportation providing these public electric vehicle charging stations," said Gov. Mary Fallin. "They indicate our 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy and our support in emerging technology and alternative fuel sources."

The two charging stations are located in the visitor's parking lot of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation building, 200 NE 21, southwest of the state Capitol.

The stations will be equipped with standard SAE J1772 plugs that serve a variety of vehicles, officials said. A full charge takes about four hours, but some vehicles charge more quickly.

The charging stations will be monitored by security cameras 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"This is a way ODOT can contribute to the alternative fuel initiatives and help Oklahomans and those traveling through our state locate more electric charging stations," said Mike Patterson, executive director of the Transportation Department.

The charging stations cost about $4,500 to install and the transportation department partnered with Spiers New Technologies of Oklahoma City, Pelco Products and OG&E to do the project.

Randy Ellis

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