DENVER, CO - Nov. 4, 2013 - Customers who park their plug-in electric vehicles in the east and west parking garages at Denver International Airport (DIA) can now charge up at one of 10 new electric vehicle charging stations.
The charging stations, which were officially opened to the public today, are free to customers who pay to park in the garages. The chargers are compatible with most electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, including popular models such as the Chevy Volt, the Nissan Leaf and the plug-in version of the Toyota Prius.
The project is one of the first major public installations of commercial Level 1 electric vehicle charging systems in the country. Most commercial charging stations are designated as Level 2, which requires 240-volt infrastructure and are far most costly to install. DIA selected Level 1 stations because they are efficient, inexpensive, cost far less to install and will meet the needs of airport customers. The stations will provide a full charge to most plug-in vehicles in about eight hours, while the average DIA customer parks for 1.4 days.
"Denver International Airport is already one of the most environmentally friendly airports in the world," said Kim Day, Denver's Manager of Aviation. "These new charging stations are a continuation of our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. At the same time, we're addressing the evolving needs of our customers by adding a safe, convenient way for them to charge their electric vehicles at the airport."
Five charging stations are located in both the east and west parking garages on level 1 between rows E and F. Signs designate the spaces for use by electric and plug-in vehicles only. Illinois-based Telefonix, Inc. was selected as the winner of the competitive bidding process to provide the charging stations.
"Colorado is at the forefront of developing infrastructure for electric vehicles and DIA clearly understands this market as well as the value of Level 1 charging," said Allen Will, director of business development at Telefonix, Inc."Everyone at Telefonix is excited to see these units get installed here and we appreciate the confidence that DIA has placed in our technology. We truly believe that these Level 1 charging stations are the perfect solution for longer duration parking - which fulfills the needs of the typical DIA customer."
Telefonix, Inc. is based in Waukegan, Illinois and has been a leader in the aerospace industry for electronics and cord reel technology for nearly 25 years. For more information, visit www.PowerPostEVSE.com.
Photo courtesy of Denver International Airport.