Duke Energy Florida announced on Tuesday the launch of three new fast charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) in Chiefland.
The DC Fast Chargers are now available for use at the Hudson Foods off of US Highway 98 as part of Duke Energy’s Park & Plug pilot program.
“We are very excited about the Hudson Foods and Duke Energy partnership to bring Chiefland its first electric charging station, at the first shopping center in town,” Stoney Smith, Hudson Foods owner, said in a press release.
The program began in 2018, and since then the company has installed more than 600 chargers across Florida, mostly in the Orlando and Tampa areas.
The stations also encourage people to visit nearby shops while charging their vehicle.
“The charging station helps to complete the electric charging infrastructure installed by Duke Energy linking St. Petersburg to Apalachicola and Tallahassee,” Audrey Stasko, senior communications consultant for Duke Energy, said in an email.
Duke said it installs the charges near major and key connecting corridors in Florida as well as evacuation routes, reducing anxiety about EV’s range.
The stations collect data about the use of EV charging stations to analyze its effects on the electrical grid. This data then informs Duke’s further expansion of the Park & Plug program.
The nearest stations to those in Chiefland are more than 40 miles to the south in Crystal River.