This past week Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Essential State Infrastructure Bill into law. This landmark electric vehicle (EV) roadmap legislation will help to create a master plan for DC fast-charging (Level 3) infrastructure along Florida’s interstate corridor system, including nearby I-95. The law acknowledges the risks of climate change and identifies electric transportation as a means to combat it. The new law also tasks specific state agencies to identify barriers and opportunities to advance electric vehicle (EV) adoption, including legislative and policy recommendations and requires an interim report at the end of 2020 with a final report by July 2021.
The electrification of our transportation systems has wide ranging benefits for the environment, the economy and overall societal resilience. Increasing the number of EVs on our roads - which do not require any gasoline or diesel fuel - helps reduce our dependence on oil extraction, thus protecting our country’s lands, waterways and beaches from accidental spills. Public health is improved by eliminating harmful polluting tailpipe emissions. EVs can be powered by renewable, locally produced energy like solar power, boosting their resilience to power outages and circumnavigating the effects of gas shortages before and after a tropical cyclone. Additionally, more EVs in the Sunshine State could mean significant economic development opportunities for Floridians. One recent assessment by the American Energy Economy found $1 billion in investments (of public or private funds) in non-residential electric vehicle charging infrastructure could support between 6,000 and 15,000 jobs for a year.Adopting and expanding EVs and their infrastructure will also ensure America’s place in the global technological race, especially against China and Europe who are each rapidly deploying electrified fleets and charging stations as the automotive industry makes its transition to a zero carbon future.
The City currently has six public level-2 electric vehicle (EV) universal charging stations (with 12 charging ports) that are available to residents and visitors free of charge. Locations include the Cape Canaveral Library (two ports), at City of Cape Canaveral City Hall (six ports), Manatee Sanctuary Park (two ports), and Banana River Park (two ports).
The City has also begun to transition its own vehicle fleet to all-electric and hybrid vehicles in an effort to reduce fuel consumption and emissions while increasing savings. To date, the City has one fully electric vehicle and three SUV hybrids. This represents 10% of the City’s fleet. Each is projected to save the City thousands of dollars in fuel costs over their operational lifespans. Additional electrified vehicles will be added to the fleet where appropriate and feasible as older vehicles are retired. Besides the City’s public charging station network, an additional level-2 charging station containing one port has been installed for fleet specific usage at the Public Works Services Facility on Thurm Boulevard.
To view station locations, visit PlugShare or download the app to your device.