Charge It!

I’m showing my age here, but I loved it when Wilma and Betty would belt out their “Charge it!” cheer on the Flintstones. Residents of Mercer Island, along with I-90 commuters, will be able to yell their own “Charge It!” cheer starting tomorrow, January 13, 2012, when 3 electric car Charge Points will be open for use. The Charge Points are located at the Mercer Island City Hall, Mercer Island Community and Event Center (MICEC) and the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club. A ribbon cutting ceremony, to commemorate the grand opening of these electric stations, is scheduled at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Boys and Girls Club Charge Point ( 4120 86th Avenue SE, Mercer Island ).

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funds received by Mercer Island covered the total cost of $75,000 for the charging units, the necessary infrastructure, and installation. The Charge Point units installed here on the island were manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, a company working closely with the Department of Energy to build a network of stations to charge electric cars throughout the U.S.

You Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt and Mitsubishi-i owners, get ready to Charge It! right here on the island. And it means saving money, rather than spending it like Betty and Wilma did. For now, the topping off your car at one the three Mercer Island Charge Points is free!


Photo Courtesy of the city of Mercer Island