NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans, in partnership with Entergy New Orleans, is launching a survey to collect public input on future electric vehicle charging station locations. All residents are encouraged to participate, especially current or future owners of an electric vehicle (EV) and business owners in Orleans Parish. In addition, the City and Entergy are asking for input beyond Orleans Parish residents to identify EV locations helpful for travelers.
This survey kicks off a partnership between the City and Entergy New Orleans to invest in EV charging. Entergy New Orleans has committed to providing approximately 30-50 charging stations available for public use. In addition, the City was awarded $80,000 from Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality as part of the Volkswagen settlement to construct six charging stations. As part of the EV charging program, the City initiated a New Orleans Electric Vehicle Charging Steering Committee to develop prioritization criteria for the proposed EV charging stations and guide the site selection.
“The City is committed to providing residents with the infrastructure necessary to transition to electric vehicles, a cleaner and more sustainable alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “We need to make sure we’re preparing for a sustainable future, and we are excited to kick off this work with Entergy New Orleans.”
“Part of a clean energy future for New Orleans includes adopting innovative, customer-centric technologies such as electric vehicle charging stations to help reduce the City’s carbon footprint,” said David Ellis, Entergy New Orleans President and CEO. “This survey is the first step in ensuring we capture the collective voice of residents and businesses on how EV charging stations can benefit them and help put New Orleans on the path to a more sustainable future.”
EV charging stations supply electrical energy for recharging plug-in electric vehicles, neighborhood electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrids. Public charging stations allow drivers to charge EVs on the road when they need to travel longer distances than allowed by their battery life per charge. As EVs grow in popularity, the City is taking a proactive approach to meet demand by thoughtfully mapping a network of public charging stations.
The City is seeking resident input on where public chargers would be most useful. Charging locations could be near restaurants, shopping centers, parks, libraries, or in public parking spaces. The survey will be live for 60 days.
Please find the interactive map and questionnaire at the Entergy website through this URL: https://eno.mysocialpinpoint.com/evpubliccharging/home.
Any questions can be directed to Marin.Stephens@nola.gov.
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