The first City of Nelson electric vehicle (EV) charging station is located at the foot of Baker Street in Railtown. This Level-2 charging station can charge two cars at a time. Eventually there will be a cost for charging energy; however as part of encouraging EV usage it will initially be zero cost use. Part of the choice of location was to ensure visitors who are charging their vehicles would be within walking distance of the downtown core.
Nelson Hydro funded and installed this charger which is expected to be the first of many. The cost for purchase and installation was $36,000 which included provisions for special event power at the foot of Baker Street.
A second public Level-2 charging station project has been completed at the Lower Hall Street parking lot at the corner of Hall Street and Lakeside Drive.
The city's first Level-3 charging station will soon be available in the parking lot at the Nelson & District Community Complex at 305 Hall Street.