As more and more people in the United States opt for electric vehicles, finding places to charge them remains a problem. One possible solution? Let churches act as a charging station.
Charge Enterprises CEO Andrew Fox has suggested that places of worship can act as ideal locations to provide charging access for electric vehicles since they are mostly centrally located and can be found in every community. Charge Enterprises has decided to collaborate with the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church to set up charging stations on church premises throughout Washington, D.C.
Religion News Service reports:
As more drivers make the decision to switch from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles, places to power them remain few and far between in large parts of the country. And with the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 incentivizing clean energy and electric cars, as well as providing investments for green technology, the demand will only increase.
Churches, with their large parking lots that often sit empty during the week, could help provide a solution.
Houses of worship exist in every community and are usually centrally located, making them ideal partners for expanding EV access, according to Andrew Fox, chairman and CEO of Charge Enterprises Inc., which specializes in electricity and communications infrastructure.
It’s why the company has chosen to partner with the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church to install EV charging stations on church campuses throughout the D.C. region.
Churches “tend to be centrally located, and they offer plenty of access. Sundays might be the most challenging time to charge at a church; however, the rest of the week likely offers plenty of opportunity,” said Fox in a recent press release announcing the partnership.
BWC’s treasurer, Paul Eichelberger, said that as drivers continue to make the switch to electric vehicles, churches can make a significant impact by installing stations in rural and urban areas to meet growing community needs and to serve neighbors outside the church walls.
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