Eight charging stations for electric cars are being installed at Piedmont Triad International Airport as part of plans to better serve passengers, the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority said today.
The charging stations, which cost the airport $12,600, should be in full operation by August.
“A lot of folks have been asking probably over the last two or three years if we would consider installing these things,” said Kevin Baker, executive director of the airport authority.
The charging stations are being installed on Level 2 of the parking garage and in both employee lots and initially will be available at no cost on a first come, first serve basis.
“We see the installation of these charging stations as an opportunity to anticipate the needs of our passengers as the technology of their lives evolves,” Baker said. “We are seeing an increase in the number of electric vehicles in our parking decks.”
He said there is no specific date when the airport would start charging people and no set fee for the service. Airport officials plan to monitor the use of the charging stations and add more if there is demand for them.
Baker said that the average stay in long-term parking is three days, which should be enough time for cars to be fully charged when their owners return to the airport to claim them.
“In much the same way as we provide charging stations, USB ports, touch-screen devices and free Wi-Fi inside the terminal building, we see this as a way of accommodating the public’s move to fuel efficient, electric vehicles,” Baker said. “It is an added convenience.”