- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The city of Lincoln is installing 10 charging stations for electric cars as part of a grant program to encourage more residents to buy cars that use alternative fuels.

The dual-port stations will be purchased and installed with a more than $490,000 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for a statewide initiative to show that advanced technology vehicles reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and cost less than comparable gas-powered vehicles, the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1OkjM00 ) reported.

The city will use money from the grant to pay half the estimated $100,000 to buy and install the charging stations, said Wayne Mixdorf, city parking manager.

Lincoln will have 24 charging plug-ins available in public places around the downtown area. That will be enough charging stations to juice up about half of all electric cars in Lancaster County.

State Department of Motor Vehicles data shows the county had 50 electric-only cars last July. There were also more than 3,600 bi-fuel vehicles that could use the charging stations. The data shows that in the state, there are more than 16,500 bi-fuel vehicles and more than 300 all-electric vehicles.

“What we find is that once the public sees that charging is available, obvious and promoted, more people will buy the vehicles,” said Anne McCollister, executive director of the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance, which is heading up the grant program helping to fund the charging stations.

Mixdorf said that nine of the charging units will go into each of the city-owned garages downtown and another will likely be installed in a parking area adjacent to the city-county building.

Lincoln already has two charging stations with ports for four cars in a parking garage.

Mixdorf said the city is aiming to have all of the stations installed by mid-summer.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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