Mass Public Charging at Reduced or Free Rates, With Transport Lines to Activity Hubs
Build new EV-centric lots with reduced price or free charging, on transport lines to take drivers to their final destinations
One of the ways that prevents many people from going EV is the lack of chargers available at home and at work. Building new, small lots that have a variety of public use chargers would go a long way to help people in our community make smarter and greener car buying decisions. These chargers should be made available at rates that are affordable, or free, to encourage EV purchases. We should offer charge ports that not only work with a large variety of vehicles, but also offer the capability of doing DC Fast charges to get people on their way if need be. These lots should be placed on or very near public transit routes that take people to major points of interest - the VanAndel Arena, 20 Monroe, UICA, Ionia Ave, and Bridge Street on the west side, to promote local business, or help employees that work there and need to charge their EVs.
The barriers to EV adoption in Grand Rapids should be as low as possible, or non existent. If Milton Keynes in the UK can have a substantial number of EV adopters in the past decade, I see no reason why Grand Rapids shouldn't be able to do the same in a similar amount of time.