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Operating fast charging stations costs much more than other slower stations, in part, because the electricity costs are substantially higher to supply that much power in a short period of time. The County charges a fee for fast chargers to recoup a portion of the costs to operate these chargers. We estimate that for an electric vehicle like a Chevy Bolt, it will cost about $36 to get a full charge. This is compared to a tank of gas costing between $38 - $62 (depending on gas prices) to go the equivalent distance for a full battery charge.
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If you are asking this question in late 2023/early 2024, you might have noticed some changes occurring in Kimball Junction around the Richins Building and Kimball Junction Transit Center. Here’s a quick summary of ongoing changes:
There is still a single Level 2 Clipper Creek charger on the north side of the Richins Building close to the Transit Center.
There are three main types of chargers: Level 1, Level 2, and “fast charging.” Level 1 charging is most often used at home, Level 2 charging is common among public chargers and for fleets not requiring a fast charge. Many charging networks and charging corridors utilize fast chargers. Check out these two links to learn more:
Summit County charging locations have both Level 2 and fast chargers.Another distinction in types of chargers is those that are networked (or “smart”) and those that are non-networked. Networking involves a hardwire or wireless connection that enables more sophisticated data collection and usage tracking, as well as the collection of fees for use, such as a $/energy use fee, a flat fee per charging session, an “idle” fee when the car is plugged in but done charging, and more.
If you have access to charging where you live, your best and most affordable option will typically be to charge your vehicle at home. For those driving around the community, there are several EV chargers throughout Summit County. Use tools like PlugShare, ChargeHub, and EV Hype to locate and view information about chargers in the area. By the end of 2023, the County will have 24 charging stations at County facilities. Park City Municipal has installed 44 chargers across their various facilities and parking areas. Other organizations such as UDOT and Rocky Mountain Power are in the process of installing fast chargers across the state along highway corridors. Many local businesses and property managers have installed chargers for visitors and employees as well.
Since 2016, the Summit County Council has approved funding the installation and operating costs of County-owned chargers using a combination of County budget funds and grants from utility and State partners. As the number, type, and ownership of EV chargers expands in the community giving the public more options, Summit County will focus more directly on charging for fleet vehicles.
Summit County began charging users a fee to charge at the County-owned fast charging stations in 2022. To comply with Utah HB 301 passed in 2023, the County will also begin collecting a 12.5% sales tax at any charging stations with a fee. This sales tax must be collected and remitted to the state annually. Level 2 stations will remain free of charge.
While every vehicle and charger are slightly different, the basic steps remain the same.
Note that some charging stations are available to use for a fee, and others are available to use at no cost. This setup will often influence the required steps to start a charge.