ZAP! Charging stations for electric vehicles coming to downtown garages

One of the not-yet-active charging stations inside the Capitol Terrace parking garage. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

One of the not-yet-active charging stations inside the Capitol Terrace parking garage. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

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There are now more than a half-million electric vehicles in the United States, and they will soon have a place to power up in Downtown Boise.

The Capital City Development Corporation hired a local architect last year to look in the feasibility of adding EV charging stations inside public garages - and the new power sources are rolling out.

Three SemaConnect S6 Charging Stations have been added to the Capitol Terrace structure (now named Capitol & Main). Another three will be added to the 9th & Front garage this month. In each garage, the chargers are going in on the second level near an ADA compliant spot.  Once work is complete, the stations will be fully operational by mid-February.

The full charger project will cost $22,525 or less in up front funds - with the money coming from revenue generated by operation of the garages. Idaho Power will cover $7,500 through an incentive program.

Correction: Funding comes via funds generated by parking, not via the district's tax funds.