Kirkwood Center installs electric-vehicle charging station


An electric vehicle charging station. Photo by gywst, Flickr.

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center has installed a level 2 electric vehicle charging station in one of its parking stalls – the second of it’s kind available for public use in Eastern Iowa.

The station takes roughly four hours to completely charge a dead battery, and uses cellular technology to update the user on the status of their vehicles charge.

“The Hotel at Kirkwood Center hosts guests from around the country, and even around the world,” said Lee Belfield, general manager of The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. “More of these guests are now driving electric vehicles, and we want to make sure they have a full battery to get back home after their stay with us.”

The City of Cedar Rapids designated $12,000 from an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block grant program to fund the project, with Kirkwood adding in an additional $2,500.

For more information, read the full article at the Press-Citizen.