City of Ames to host electric vehicle fast charger ribbon-cutting, open house


Ames Mayor John Haila and the Ames City Council will host a ribbon-cutting and open house event to celebrate the new installment of the city’s first direct current fast charger. This is one of many efforts by the City Council to create a more sustainable Ames community. 

Kelly Snawerdt

Ames will officially have its first direct current fast charger for electric cars and vehicles available for public use, and Ames Mayor John Haila with the Ames City Council will be cutting the ribbon for the charger Tuesday. It will be located at Kum and Go, 2108 Isaac Newton Dr. off South Dayton Avenue.

According to a press release from the city of Ames, the event with the ribbon-cutting ceremony will also include an electric vehicle car display featuring Tesla models, a Chevy Bolt, a Ford Mustang Mach-E and others. 

The electric vehicle open house will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. with the ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. According to the release, in addition to the electric vehicle display, participants can go on a ride-along with some of the models or even take a test drive. Refreshments will be provided by Ames’ very own El Azteca, and the Ames Water and Pollution Control Department will be providing “cold, refreshing Ames water” as stated in the release. 

In the release, it is noted that electric cars are gaining in popularity, and although they may seem like new technology, they have actually been around for more than a century. They are significantly quieter than the standard gas-powered engines found in most cars, and the carbon footprint of operation for an electric vehicle versus a traditional car is much less. With battery power technology improving, electric vehicles are becoming higher in demand than ever. 

Ames Electric Services will have information available about electric vehicle rebates, and for more information about electric vehicle chargers and rebates, Energy Services Coordinator of the city of Ames Kayley Lain can be reached here by email or by phone at (515) 239-5177.