Want to charge your electric vehicle in downtown Ann Arbor? There’s a fee for that now

FILE - A Chevrolet Volt hybrid car is seen charging at a ChargePoint charging station at a parking garage in Los Angeles, Oct. 17, 2018. Sixteen states across the country that have tied their vehicle emission standards to California's now face weighty decisions on whether to follow that state's strictest-in-the nation new rules and require that all new cars, pickups and SUVs be electric or hydrogen powered by 2035. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File) (Richard Vogel, Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ANN ARBOR – The Downtown Development Authority has implemented an electric vehicle charging fee to use its downtown ChargePoint EV charging stations.

According to the DDA, the fee -- $0.25 per kilowatt-hour -- is in place to “cover the cost of electricity and associated administration.”

The stations are located at several parking facilities in the downtown area, including:

  • Ann/Ashley
  • Fourth and William
  • Library Lane
  • Maynard
  • Liberty Square
  • Forest

In May, the city announced its Office of Sustainability and Innovations and the DDA were partnering to add 80 EV charging stations to the parking structures.

While the ports were being installed over the summer, usage was free for EV owners. The city announced a fee would be put in place once installation was complete.

So, how much could a full charge cost?

Based off an EV model with a 200-mile range and a 54 kWh battery at a charging rate of $0.25 per kilowatt-hour, it would cost approximately $13.50 to fully charge the vehicle at one of Ann Arbor’s charging ports.

It’s still significantly cheaper than filling up your tank at a gas station, with gas prices currently at more than $4 a gallon in Metro Detroit.